Employment in protective service occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average, and will result in about 286,400 new jobs.
Protective service occupations had a median annual wage of $43,710 in May 2020, which was slightly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for protective service occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
|Correctional Officers and Bailiffs||
Correctional officers oversee those who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$47,440|
Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies involving life, property, or the environment.
|Postsecondary nondegree award||$52,500|
Fire inspectors examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met.
|See How to Become One||$62,120|
|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||$67,290|
|Private Detectives and Investigators||
Private detectives and investigators search for information about legal, financial, and personal matters.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$53,320|
|Security Guards and Gambling Surveillance Officers||
Security guards and gambling surveillance officers protect property from illegal activity.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$31,080|
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 8, 2021