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Jul 26 2017

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Law Enforcement Careers

The location quotient is the ratio of the concentration of protective services professionals employed in a given state to the national average concentration. A location quotient that is less than one indicates the occupation has a greater share of employment than average.

The map below shows the location quotient for protective service service occupations by state as of 2013.

The states that have the highest location quotient and concentratoin of protective services jobs are listed in the following table.

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Mean annual wage

District of Columbia

Salary and Wage Data

Salary and wages for protective service and law enforcement professionals is influenced by several factors: level of education, industry, specialty and location. All things being equal, location is one of the biggest factors influencing salary and wage level for law enforcement workers. For example, a corrections office working in California on average can expect to make about $55,000 a year. That same worker, handling the same responsibility, in Oklahoma will make about $30,000 a year. When considering where you want to work as a law enforcement professional, average compensation level for each state is something you’ll want to consider.

The table below shows the national percentile wage estimates for protective service and law enforcement professionals in the United States.

The map below shows the annual mean wage of protective service and law enforcement professionals across the United States. (Note: the mean wage is the middle wage – 50% of workers make less then the mean wage while 50% make more.)

The table below shows the states that offer the highest wage and compensation level for protective service and law enforcement professionals.

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Mean annual wage

District of Columbia

The table below shows the top metropolitan areas in the United States offering highest wage and compensation level for protective service and law enforcement professionals. Again, wage level shown below is the Median – about 50% of professionals make less than the mediam wage, while 50% make more.

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Mean annual wage

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division

San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division

The table below shows the nonmetropolitan areas with the highest pay for protective service and law enforcement professionals.

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Mean annual wage

Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area

Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area

Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area

Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area

Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities for criminal justice and law enforcement professionals are expected to grow as fast as the average for all U.S. occupations over the next decade. Jobs will be most plentiful for those professionals who hold a master’s degree in a discipline with direct industry application. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be looking for individuals with advanced skills and training in computer science, forensics, psychology, cybercrimes, accounting, finance and foreign languages. Earning a master’s or Phd will set job seekers apart from other candidates. Most entry-level positions will require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution.

Between 2012 and 2022 job growth will average roughly 12% per year for all protect service, law enforcement and criminal justice occupations. Opportunities will be most plentiful police and police detectives, private investigators and private security professionals. Federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA and DEA, will continue to seek new recruits but competition for career positions with these agencies will be intense. To qualify for top positions applicants must have specialized training and unique skills that set them apart from the competition.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the job growth for the following law enforcement careers between 2012 and 2022.

Police and Detectives

Private Detectives and Investigators

Forensic Scientist/Science Technician

Correctional Treatment Specialist

Information Security Analyst

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