Protective service occupations

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Total Workforce

3.28M

Average Age

40.3

Estimated Job Growth

4.51%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$51,218

Average Male Salary

$54,877

Average Female Salary

$38,586

About

Protective service occupations are most often employed by the Justice, public order, & safety activities  industry. The average yearly wage for Protective service occupations was $51,218 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Protective service occupations by wage are Sales & related occupations, Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, and Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

Protective service occupations are part of the Protective service occupations, along with Protective service occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Protective service occupations are Dale City, Lake Ridge & Woodbridge PUMA, VA, Ashburn, Washington Heights, Morgan Park & Beverly PUMA, IL, and Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Protective service occupations are Carr 3 (Noreste) PUMA, PR, Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, and Carr 3 (Sureste) PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Protective service occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Protective service occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Protective service occupations, by average wage, is Electric & gas, and other combinations. Protective service occupations are paid most in St. Louis County (Central) PUMA, MO but are relatively concentrated in Carr 3 (Noreste) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,218

AVERAGE SALARY

± $543

In 2017, Protective service occupations earned an average of $51,218, $847 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations make somewhat more than Protective service occupations while Sales & related occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Protective service occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.395

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Protective service occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.395, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Protective service occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Protective service occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Protective service occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Protective service occupations, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Investigation & security services, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Protective service occupations, by average wage, are Electric & gas, and other combinations, Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

3.28M

2017 Workforce

± 43,980

3.01%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.85%

The number of people employed as Protective service occupations has been growing at a rate of 3.01%, from 3,185,893 people in 2016 to 3,281,865 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Protective service occupations employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Protective service occupations at  52.1%, followed by Investigation & security services with 16.7% and Amusement & Recreation with 4.44%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Protective service occupations in the US. The average age of male Protective service occupations in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Protective service occupations is 39, and the most common race/ethnicity for Protective service occupations is White.

Gender Composition

2.54M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 38,825

737k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 21,028

77.5% of Protective service occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Protective service occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Protective service occupations

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

70% of Protective service occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.1% of Protective service occupations, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Protective service occupations.

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Age by Gender

40.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.211

39

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.413

The median age of Protective service occupations is 40.3, and Male employees are generally 1.77 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Protective service occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Protective service occupations is Protective Services but a relatively high number of Protective service occupations hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Protective service occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Protective service occupations need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Protective service occupations need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Science, and Troubleshooting.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Protective service occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Protective service occupations are expected to see a growth of 4.51% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

4.51%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Protective service occupations. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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