Salary & Growth
Graduates in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate of Science degree can find employment in the public and private sectors in law enforcement or correction. Employers include municipal police departments, county sheriff’s departments, the state highway patrol, local, state or federal correctional facilities and private security firms and agencies. In the Allegheny County area, police and sheriff’s patrol officers’ entry-level salaries average $32,190 with experienced officer salaries averaging $64,480. Overall salaries average $53,720. Seventy-seven annual openings are expected in the Three Rivers area over each of the next ten years1. Over 830 police and 660 corrections openings are projected annually in Pennsylvania through 20183.
On a national level, police and sheriff’s patrol officers held approximately 661,500 jobs in 2010 and are employed in nearly every industry. A minimum of an associate degree is required. In 2010, the median annual wages for police and sheriff’s patrol officers were $53,340. The middle half of the occupation earned between $40,830 and $69,070. The top 10% of police and sheriff’s patrol officers averaged $83,510, and the bottom 10% averaged $31,700.
Employment of police and sheriff’s patrol officers is projected to grow by 10% during the 2008–18 decade, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. This occupation is one of the largest growth occupations in the economy, with about 84,700 new jobs expected over the projection’s decade2.
1 2009 PA CareerLink
2 Occupational Handbook 2010–2011
3 Pennsylvania Career Guide 2010–2011