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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers ; First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives ; First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers ; First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other ; Firefighters ; Fire Inspectors and Investigators ; Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists ; Bailiffs ; Correctional Officers and Jailers ; Detectives and Criminal Investigators ; Fish and Game Wardens ; Parking Enforcement Workers ; Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers ; Transit and Railroad Police ; Animal Control Workers ; Private Detectives and Investigators ; Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators ; Security Guards ; Crossing Guards ; Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers ; Transportation Security Screeners ; Protective Service Workers, All Other


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,437,410 0.4 % $23.36 $48,580 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.63 $13.46 $19.54 $29.85 $42.35
Annual Wage (2) $22,110 $28,000 $40,640 $62,090 $88,090


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,397,410 25.50 $28.92 $60,160
Investigation and Security Services 740,760 78.49 $15.31 $31,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 386,600 17.76 $27.65 $57,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140,630 7.01 $33.30 $69,270
Elementary and Secondary Schools 99,560 1.16 $15.96 $33,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 740,760 78.49 $15.31 $31,850
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,397,410 25.50 $28.92 $60,160
Facilities Support Services 31,300 20.20 $19.83 $41,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 386,600 17.76 $27.65 $57,520
Other Support Services 35,880 11.45 $17.33 $36,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 1,340 0.21 $38.48 $80,040
Natural Gas Distribution 170 0.16 $35.20 $73,210
Rail Transportation 1,860 0.80 $34.79 $72,370
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 110 0.02 $34.58 $71,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140,630 7.01 $33.30 $69,270


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 386,370 22.72 0.96 $29.40 $61,150
New York 313,240 33.37 1.41 $26.38 $54,870
Texas 291,740 24.08 1.01 $22.04 $45,840
Florida 235,400 27.34 1.15 $20.82 $43,310
Illinois 151,070 25.21 1.06 $25.84 $53,750




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 27,440 38.53 1.62 $31.28 $65,060
New York 313,240 33.37 1.41 $26.38 $54,870
Hawaii 20,380 31.75 1.34 $23.96 $49,850
Nevada 42,650 31.66 1.33 $21.42 $44,550
New Mexico 25,660 31.62 1.33 $20.28 $42,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 27,440 38.53 1.62 $31.28 $65,060
Alaska 7,900 25.07 1.06 $29.63 $61,630
California 386,370 22.72 0.96 $29.40 $61,150
Washington 66,080 20.27 0.85 $28.53 $59,340
New Jersey 109,980 27.15 1.14 $27.68 $57,570





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 313,700 33.03 1.39 $26.84 $55,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 142,470 23.28 0.98 $28.69 $59,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 120,770 26.02 1.10 $25.81 $53,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 88,360 28.18 1.19 $28.47 $59,210
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 84,070 32.46 1.37 $22.55 $46,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 72,150 20.22 0.85 $22.30 $46,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 71,910 25.24 1.06 $22.77 $47,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 70,320 23.58 0.99 $21.13 $43,950
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 59,750 21.66 0.91 $27.61 $57,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 58,990 21.99 0.93 $19.81 $41,210