Salaries

A career in criminal justice has many avenues for job opportunities. Employers range from the local community, to the state, to the federal system, to private entities and the different requirements of education and experience levels necessary combine to result in a varying salary scale. In addition, total salary earnings frequently exceed the stated salaries due to significant amounts of overtime pay that can be achieved, especially for police enforcement work. The following tabulation provides a comparison of the most common criminal justice jobs.

Earnings of Police Enforcement (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2008):

  • Police Officer Median Salary Federal $57,270
    Median Salary State $51,020
    Median Salary Local $43,350
  • Police Supervisor Median Salary Federal $89,930
    Median Salary State $75,370
    Median Salary Local $74,820
  • Police Detective Median Salary Federal $73,170
    Median Salary State $53,910
    Median Salary Local $55,930
  • Fish and Game Warden Median Salary Federal $48,960
    Median Salary State $50,440
    Median Salary Local $35,810
  • Parking Enforcement Worker Median Salary $32,390
    Median Salary Local $33,130
    Median Salary Education Services $27,640
  • Transit and Railroad Police Median Salary State $49,370
    Median Salary Local $43,720
    Median Salary Rail Transportation $56,300

Earnings of Prison Officials (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2008):

  • Correctional Officer Median Salary Federal $50,830
    Median Salary State $38,850
    Median Salary Local $37,510
  • Correctional Officer Manager Median Salary State $57,050
    Median Salary Local $57,300
  • Bailiff Median Salary State $37,820
    Median Salary Local $32,690
  • Probation, Parole Officer Median Salary State $46,580
    Median Salary Local $46,420

Earnings of Social Workers (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2008):

  • Child/Family/School Median Salary $39,530
  • Medical/Public Health Median Salary $46,650
  • Mental Health/Drug Abuse Median Salary $37,210
  • All Other Social Workers Median Salary $46,220

Earnings of Federal Agency Law Enforcement (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2008)

  • Agent/GS10 Grade Level Median Salary $48,159–$60,199
  • Agent/GS13 Grade Level Median Salary $75,414–$94,268
  • Agent/GS14 Grade Level Median Salary $89,115–$104,826
  • Agent/GS15 Grade Level Median Salary $111,394–$131,033

Earnings of Private Law Enforcement (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2008):

  • Private Detective/Investigator Median Salary $41,760
  • Private Security Guards Median Salary $23,460

Earnings of Forensic Science (United States Department of Labor Statistics, 2009):

  • Forensic Science Technician Median Salary Federal $92,100
  • Median Salary State $52,070
  • Median Salary Local $54,880
  • Forensic Science Medical Median Salary $57,060
  • Forensic Science Engineering Median Salary $59,320
  • Forensic Science Insurance Median Salary $58,000
  • Forensic Science Consulting Median Salary $78,200

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