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.

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Salaries in the Legal Profession

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Legal Secretary$49,500
Law Office Manager$90,050
Legal Nurse Consultant$68,450
Court Reporter$51,320

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition; Paralegals and Legal AssistantsSecretaries and Administrative AssistantsAdministrative Services ManagersArbitrators, Mediators and ConciliatorsRegistered NursesCourt Reporters.

Salaries for Law Enforcement Agents

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Police Officer$61,600
Federal Law Enforcement Agent$61,600
Transit and Railroad Police$61,600
Private Investigator$48,190
Security Guard$25,770

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19; Police and Detectives; Private Detectives and InvestigatorsSecurity GuardsForensic Science Technician.

Salaries for Forensics

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Forensic Science Technician$56,750
Criminal Investigator$78,120
Forensic Psychologist$75,230

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2018-19; Forensic Science TechniciansCriminal Investigators;Psychologists.

Corrections Salaries

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Corrections Officer$42,820
Correctional Administrator$60,560
Treatment Specialists/Probation Officer$50,160

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition; Correctional OfficersFirst-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.


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