Salary Guide for Public Safety Professionals

There are a variety of public safety professional occupations, and therefore a variety of different salaries. The following are salary guides as noted by the Occupational Outlook Handbook of The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers:

In May 2010 the median annual wage of police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers was $35,370. The lowest 10 percent earned $22,310, and the top 10 percent earned more than $54,350.

Police and Detectives:

The median annual wage of police and detectives was $55,010 in May 2010, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $32,440, and the top 10 percent earning more than $88,870. Overtime is often a paid bonus for these careers. A breakdown of different police and detective occupation annual wages includes:

  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $68,820
  • Transit and Railroad Police: $54,330
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $53,540
  • Fish and Game Wardens: $49,730

Construction and Building Inspectors:

In May 2010, the annual wage for inspectors was $52,360. The lowest 10 percent earned $31,970 or less, while the top 10 percent earned $81,050 or more. Sometimes inspectors must work overtime, including nights and weekends. Managers and directors also must respond to accidents on the work site. Unless self-employed, inspectors will be compensated for extra work.

Water Transportation:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hire public safety officials for water transportation. Salaries can vary greatly for these positions. The median annual wage of water transportation occupations was $46,610 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,890, while the top 10 percent earned more than $99,690. Job hours vary greatly for public safety officials who must board ships. Crews typically work long hours, 7 days a week, while on a ship.

Correctional Officers:

Pay for a correctional officer depends on the industry they work in and who they’re hired by. In general, the median annual wage in May 2010 was $39,040, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $26,040, and the top 10 percent earning more than $67,250. Variations of median annual wages exist depending on the sectors:

Public Sector:

  • Federal Government: $54,310
  • State government: $38,690
  • Local government: $38,980

Support Services Industry: $30,460

Bailiffs: $38,570

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