Salaries for Law and Public Safety Professionals

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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of...
Most have a doctoral degree

Animal Control Workers

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Bailiffs

Maintain order in courts of law.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Business Continuity Planners

Develop, maintain, or implement business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Most have a doctoral degree

Crossing Guards

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
Most have a vocational certificate

Fire Inspectors

Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
Most have some college

Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and State laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.

Fire Investigators

Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Firefighters

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and...

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in fire fighting and fire prevention and control.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Forensic Science Technicians

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Forest Firefighters

Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators

Act as oversight and security agent for management and customers. Observe casino or casino hotel operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons. May use one-way mirrors above...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Immigration and Customs Inspectors

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Intelligence Analysts

Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and...

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil...
Most have a doctoral degree

Lawyers

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many...
Most have a doctoral degree

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Loss Prevention Managers

Plan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.

Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Supervise fire fighters who control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Municipal Firefighters

Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
Most have a vocational certificate

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Parking Enforcement Workers

Patrol assigned area, such as public parking lot or city streets to issue tickets to overtime parking violators and illegally parked vehicles.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic...

Police Detectives

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Police Identification and Records Officers

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Police Patrol Officers

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Operate radio, telephone, or computer equipment at emergency response centers. Receive reports from the public of crimes, disturbances, fires, and medical or police emergencies. Relay information to law enforcement and...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Private Detectives and Investigators

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender,...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

Implement procedures and systems to prevent merchandise loss. Conduct audits and investigations of employee activity. May assist in developing policies, procedures, and systems for safeguarding assets.

Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Security Management Specialists

Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security, personnel security, and information security. May work in fields such as...

Security Managers

Direct an organization's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Transit and Railroad Police

Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree
This career cluster of Law and Public Safety professionals puts together two groups of disparate job functions: physical safety and protective services with legal professionals. Job salary data and outlooks vary, although outlook across the sector is average in relation to other careers. The legal profession will face high competition for jobs over the next decade as law school attendance is at record high levels. Competition for public safety, police, and protective service jobs may remain flat with the rising population and the availability of public sector roles with municipalities.

The primary jobs in the career grouping are Lawyers, Police and Safety Officers, and Paralegal and other legal support specialists. The average salary for Lawyers: $112,760, Police and Detectives: $55,010, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: $46,680. The academic preparation for these roles varies; however, Criminal Justice is a natural academic background for criminal law or police work. Diverse liberal arts degrees such as American Studies, Philosophy, and History are common undergraduate majors for lawyers before law school admittance.