Crossing guards

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
55.8k
Average Age
53.9
Estimated Job Growth
5.65%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$19,501
Average Male Salary
$23,830
Average Female Salary
$15,875

About

Crossing guards are most often employed by the Justice, public order, & safety activities  industry. The average yearly wage for Crossing guards was $19,501 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Crossing guards by wage are Cooks, Library assistants, clerical, and Library technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Crossing guards are Providence CountyPawtucket & Central Falls Cities PUMA, RI, Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, and West New York, Secaucus & Guttenberg Towns PUMA, NJ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Crossing guards are Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, Philadelphia City (West) PUMA, PA, and Eastern Upper Peninsula PUMA, MI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Crossing guards and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Crossing guards, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Crossing guards, by average wage, is Rail transportation. Crossing guards are paid most in Burlington City PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$19,501
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,294

In 2020, Crossing guards earned an average of $19,501, $36,453 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Cooks make somewhat more than Crossing guards while Library technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Crossing guards as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.478
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Crossing guards had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.478, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Crossing guards (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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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 Crossing guards.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Crossing guards, by average wage, are Rail transportation, Bus service & urban transit, and Construction.

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Industries by Share

55.8k
2020 Workforce
± 5,798
−7.03%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15.5%

The number of people employed as Crossing guards has been declining at a rate of −7.03%, from 60,007 people in 2019 to 55,791 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Crossing guards employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Crossing guards at  39%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 21.8% and Construction with 18.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Crossing guards in the US. The average age of male Crossing guards in the workforce is 53.4 and of female Crossing guards is 54.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Crossing guards is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

25.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,915
30.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,277

54.4% of Crossing guards are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Crossing guards.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Crossing guards
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

56.8% of Crossing guards are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 21.3% of Crossing guards, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Crossing guards.

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Age by Sex

53.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.02
54.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.18

The median age of Crossing guards is 53.9, and Male employees are generally 0.855 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Crossing guards from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Crossing guards need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Speaking, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Crossing guards need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Coordination.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Crossing Guards and Flaggers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Crossing Guards and Flaggers are expected to see a growth of 5.65% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Crossing Guards and Flaggers.
5.65%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Crossing Guards and Flaggers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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