Investigation & security services

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Workforce
945k
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
41.6
Estimated Job Growth
0.6%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$40,411
Average Male Salary
$42,848
Average Female Salary
$33,639

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The top three occupations in the Investigation & security services Industry Group are Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, Security & fire alarm systems installers, Miscellaneous first-line supervisors, protective service workers, Other managers, and Private detectives & investigators. On average, full-time employees in the Investigation & security services Industry Group work 43 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $44,953. Part-time employees in the same industry work 23.9 hours and earn an average annual salary of $17,524.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Investigation & security services Industry Group are North Miami City (Southwest) & Golden Glades (West) PUMA, FL, Oxon Hill, Hillcrest Heights & Temple Hills PUMA, MD, and East Flatbush, Farragut & Rugby PUMA, NY. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Investigation & security services.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Investigation & security services Industry Group. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are the most common position, but the Investigation & security services Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Security & fire alarm systems installers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Investigation & security services goes to Chief executives & legislators.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

945k
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 846k
2.63%
1 Year Growth
± 3.69%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 945k people employed in the Investigation & security services Industry Group in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Investigation & security services Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 2.63%, , from 824k people in 2017 to 846k people in 2018.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Investigation & security services by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers represent the largest share of positions held in Investigation & security services at 57.5%, followed by Security & fire alarm systems installers with 5.11% and Miscellaneous first-line supervisors, protective service workers with 2.75%.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Investigation & security services employs an unusually high number of Security & fire alarm systems installers, Locksmiths & safe repairers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Investigation & security services, by average wage, are Chief executives & legislators, Computer & information systems managers, and Human resources managers.

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Wages

Average Salary

$40,411
AVERAGE WAGE
± $1,193

On average, employees in the Investigation & security services Industry Group make $40,411 per year. This number makes Investigation & security services the 207 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.421
WAGE GINI

Investigation & security services has a wage GINI of 0.421, which is less than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Investigation & security services (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Investigation & security services Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Investigation & security services Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $42,848 and $33,639. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

224k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±11.6k
622k
MALE WORKFORCE
±19.3k

73.5% of workers in the Investigation & security services Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$42,848
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,480
$33,639
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$1,800

On average, Male workers in the Investigation & security services Industry Group make 1.27 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Other

On average, Asian employees in the Investigation & security services Industry Group earn 1.23 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Investigation & security services Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Investigation & security services Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Investigation & security services Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Investigation & security services Industry Group is Professional and business services.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Investigation & security services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Investigation & security services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Investigation & security services Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Investigation & security services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Investigation & security services Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Investigation & security services Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the investigation and security services industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The investigation and security services industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 0.6%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (2.2%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is investigation and security services.
0.6%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is investigation and security services.
2.2%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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