Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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 ; 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)
3,351,620 0.4 % $21.45 $44,610 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.35 $11.90 $18.14 $28.02 $38.31
Annual Wage (2) $19,440 $24,750 $37,730 $58,270 $79,690


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) 1,382,040 25.80 $26.61 $55,360
Investigation and Security Services 696,520 79.61 $13.27 $27,600
State Government (OES Designation) 388,760 17.64 $25.35 $52,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 141,690 7.13 $31.91 $66,370
Elementary and Secondary Schools 86,340 1.03 $14.53 $30,220

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 696,520 79.61 $13.27 $27,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,382,040 25.80 $26.61 $55,360
Facilities Support Services 32,520 22.70 $16.64 $34,620
State Government (OES Designation) 388,760 17.64 $25.35 $52,740
School and Employee Bus Transportation 20,190 9.52 $12.84 $26,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 1,360 0.22 $37.34 $77,660
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 190 0.17 $34.08 $70,890
Rail Transportation 900 0.42 $32.80 $68,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 141,690 7.13 $31.91 $66,370
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 60 0.04 $31.86 $66,270


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 380,720 24.57 1.01 $25.95 $53,970
Texas 290,980 25.14 1.03 $20.40 $42,420
New York 286,680 31.91 1.31 $24.21 $50,350
Florida 231,010 29.15 1.20 $19.48 $40,510
Illinois 150,250 25.67 1.06 $24.06 $50,040



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 27,490 40.66 1.67 $28.74 $59,780
Hawaii 21,130 34.08 1.40 $21.23 $44,150
Nevada 39,940 32.40 1.33 $19.82 $41,220
New York 286,680 31.91 1.31 $24.21 $50,350
Arizona 78,800 30.46 1.25 $21.47 $44,650



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 27,490 40.66 1.67 $28.74 $59,780
New Jersey 106,490 27.26 1.12 $26.79 $55,720
Alaska 7,640 23.36 0.96 $26.44 $54,990
California 380,720 24.57 1.01 $25.95 $53,970
Washington 61,810 20.71 0.85 $25.65 $53,350




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 218,760 33.76 1.39 $24.39 $50,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 113,670 27.70 1.14 $25.55 $53,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 98,910 27.70 1.14 $24.47 $50,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 75,870 31.39 1.29 $26.40 $54,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 69,230 23.63 0.97 $20.00 $41,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 56,790 22.90 0.94 $17.48 $36,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 53,730 23.06 0.95 $19.75 $41,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50,650 27.00 1.11 $20.93 $43,540
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 44,180 40.45 1.66 $21.56 $44,850
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 43,800 24.87 1.02 $25.90 $53,870