This group includes workers who provide public safety.
Overall employment in protective service occupations is projected to show little or no change from 2022 to 2032. Despite limited employment growth, about 409,500 openings are projected each year, on average, in these occupations largely due to the need to replace workers who leave the occupations permanently.
The median annual wage for this group was $45,450 in May 2022, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $46,310.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
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|Correctional Officers and Bailiffs||
Correctional officers guard people in penal institutions and guard those in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain order in courtrooms.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$49,610|
Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies involving life, property, or the environment.
|Postsecondary nondegree award||$51,680|
Fire inspectors detect fire hazards, recommend prevention measures, ensure compliance with state and local fire regulations, and investigate causes of fires.
|See How to Become One||$65,800|
|Police and Detectives||
Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.
|See How to Become One||$69,160|
|Private Detectives and Investigators||
Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$52,120|
|Security Guards and Gambling Surveillance Officers||
Security guards and gambling surveillance officers protect property from illegal activity.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$34,770|
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023