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Legal and Criminal Justice Salaries

Legal, law enforcement, criminal investigation, forensics and corrections jobs are hot commodities in today’s job market, and a college degree or diploma will certainly give you a great advantage over non-college graduates. And criminal justice salaries usually go up when you have a college degree.

Whether you’re looking for a job as a forensic scientist, police officer, private investigator, a legal secretary, or another criminal justice job, increasing your education will increase your salary.

Here are average criminal justice salary ranges in the U.S. for a variety of criminal justice jobs.

Salaries in the Legal Profession

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Paralegal $48,350
Legal Secretary $35,970
Law Office Manager $83,790
Mediator $57,180
Legal Nurse Consultant $66,640
Court Reporter $49,860

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition; Paralegals and Legal Assistants; Secretaries and Administrative Assistants; Administrative Services Managers; Arbitrators, Mediators and Conciliators; Registered Nurses; Court Reporters.

Salaries for Law Enforcement Agents

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Police Officer $58,630
Federal Law Enforcement Agent $58,630
Transit and Railroad Police $58,630
Private Investigator $44,570
Security Guard $24,470
Criminologist $55,360

Sources:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17; Police and Detectives; Private Detectives and Investigators; Security Guards; Forensic Science Technician.

Salaries for Forensics

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Forensic Science Technician $55,360
Criminal Investigator $79,870
Forensic Psychologist $70,700

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17; Forensic Science Technicians; Criminal Investigators; Psychologists.

Corrections Salaries

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Corrections Officer $39,700
Correctional Administrator $57,970
Treatment Specialists/Probation Officer $49,060

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition;  Correctional Officers; First-Line Supervisors of Correctional OfficersProbation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.