Legal and Criminal Justice Salaries

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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 scientistpolice officerprivate 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 TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Legal Secretary$39,850
Law Office Manager$96,940
Legal Nurse Consultant$73,300
Court Reporter$60,130

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019; 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 TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Police Officer$65,170
Federal Law Enforcement Agent$83,170
Transit and Railroad Police$71,820
Private Investigator$50,510
Security Guard$29,680

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019; Police and Detectives; Private Detectives and Investigators; Security Guards; Forensic Science Technician.

Salaries for Forensics

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Forensic Science Technician$59,150
Criminal Investigator$83,170
Forensic Psychologist$80,370

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2019; Forensic Science Technicians; Criminal Investigators; Psychologists.

Corrections Salaries

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Corrections Officer$45,300
Correctional Administrator$63,730
Treatment Specialists/Probation Officer$54,290

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019; Correctional Officers; First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers; Probation 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.

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