Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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* (federal only) ; 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)
3,187,810 0.4 % $20.43 $42,490 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.05 $11.80 $17.63 $26.53 $35.69
Annual Wage (2) $18,820 $24,550 $36,660 $55,190 $74,230


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 (OES Designation) 1,382,890 24.72 $24.69 $51,360
Investigation and Security Services 617,110 79.12 $12.48 $25,950
State Government (OES Designation) 415,420 18.09 $23.28 $48,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 149,240 7.33 $30.12 $62,660
Elementary and Secondary Schools 61,160 0.72 $14.36 $29,860

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 617,110 79.12 $12.48 $25,950
Facilities Support Services 37,970 28.27 $15.77 $32,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,382,890 24.72 $24.69 $51,360
State Government (OES Designation) 415,420 18.09 $23.28 $48,410
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 7,650 8.02 $13.02 $27,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,520 0.23 $34.60 $71,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 149,240 7.33 $30.12 $62,660
Rail Transportation 1,350 0.60 $28.33 $58,920
Natural Gas Distribution 210 0.20 $27.24 $56,660
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 750 0.09 $26.67 $55,470


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 365,920 26.13 1.04 $25.28 $52,580
New York 266,880 31.99 1.28 $23.09 $48,020
Texas 260,720 25.84 1.03 $18.91 $39,330
Florida 220,810 31.08 1.24 $18.99 $39,500
Illinois 140,030 25.33 1.01 $22.35 $46,500




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 25,710 40.20 1.60 $27.48 $57,160
Hawaii 21,720 37.99 1.52 $19.44 $40,440
Nevada 37,920 34.05 1.36 $19.74 $41,060
New Mexico 25,110 32.29 1.29 $17.91 $37,240
New York 266,880 31.99 1.28 $23.09 $48,020




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 25,710 40.20 1.60 $27.48 $57,160
New Jersey 103,810 27.53 1.10 $25.83 $53,740
California 365,920 26.13 1.04 $25.28 $52,580
Washington 54,710 20.31 0.81 $25.17 $52,350
New York 266,880 31.99 1.28 $23.09 $48,020

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 184,200 36.97 1.47 $23.21 $48,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 111,670 29.25 1.17 $24.67 $51,320
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 97,060 27.40 1.09 $23.15 $48,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 68,900 30.10 1.20 $25.44 $52,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 60,260 24.13 0.96 $17.87 $37,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 48,850 22.20 0.89 $17.18 $35,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 47,230 26.17 1.04 $21.49 $44,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 47,140 28.00 1.12 $20.75 $43,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 43,630 21.80 0.87 $19.40 $40,350
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 42,680 25.74 1.03 $22.44 $46,680




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 4,800 126.15 5.03 $33.13 $68,900
El Centro, CA 3,980 79.12 3.15 $30.10 $62,610
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 3,250 54.59 2.18 $29.87 $62,120
Kingston, NY 3,200 54.40 2.17 $23.14 $48,140
Yuma, AZ 2,970 53.30 2.13 $23.70 $49,300
Pine Bluff, AR 1,820 53.11 2.12 $16.78 $34,900
Madera, CA 1,880 51.30 2.05 $28.26 $58,780
Cumberland, MD-WV 1,880 50.15 2.00 $19.66 $40,890
Laredo, TX 4,020 47.54 1.90 $24.26 $50,460
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 1,900 46.07 1.84 $16.39 $34,100