Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
3,202,500 0.4 % $20.54 $42,730 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.08 $11.77 $17.66 $26.82 $36.01
Annual Wage (2) $18,880 $24,480 $36,740 $55,790 $74,900


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) 1,371,040 24.81 $24.86 $51,700
Investigation and Security Services 630,390 79.45 $12.52 $26,040
State Government (OES Designation) 409,840 18.02 $23.85 $49,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 153,050 7.42 $30.16 $62,730
Elementary and Secondary Schools 59,330 0.71 $14.57 $30,310

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 630,390 79.45 $12.52 $26,040
Facilities Support Services 39,810 29.17 $16.31 $33,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,371,040 24.81 $24.86 $51,700
State Government (OES Designation) 409,840 18.02 $23.85 $49,600
Other Support Services 23,010 8.07 $14.61 $30,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,460 0.23 $35.09 $72,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 153,050 7.42 $30.16 $62,730
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) (8) (8) $29.85 $62,090
Rail Transportation 1,690 0.74 $27.55 $57,310
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.03 $27.42 $57,030


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 363,020 25.86 1.04 $25.63 $53,300
New York 269,100 31.93 1.28 $23.51 $48,900
Texas 267,160 25.93 1.04 $19.05 $39,630
Florida 220,290 30.80 1.23 $18.94 $39,400
Illinois 141,550 25.39 1.02 $21.61 $44,950




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 25,200 39.09 1.57 $27.93 $58,100
Hawaii 20,800 36.03 1.44 $19.17 $39,880
Nevada 38,070 34.21 1.37 $19.68 $40,940
New York 269,100 31.93 1.28 $23.51 $48,900
Arizona 75,170 31.58 1.27 $21.53 $44,780




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 25,200 39.09 1.57 $27.93 $58,100
New Jersey 97,900 25.96 1.04 $26.32 $54,750
California 363,020 25.86 1.04 $25.63 $53,300
Washington 55,330 20.34 0.81 $25.14 $52,300
Alaska 8,510 27.18 1.09 $23.65 $49,200





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 181,060 35.77 1.43 $23.46 $48,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 112,440 29.41 1.18 $25.02 $52,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 97,360 27.17 1.09 $21.96 $45,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 69,760 30.19 1.21 $25.59 $53,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 61,570 24.13 0.97 $17.89 $37,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 53,400 23.97 0.96 $16.97 $35,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 47,130 27.74 1.11 $21.36 $44,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 46,040 25.36 1.02 $21.54 $44,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 44,130 21.58 0.86 $19.77 $41,130
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 41,000 24.47 0.98 $22.59 $46,990