What Is the Average Pay Scale for Someone in the Criminal Justice Field?

What Is the Average Pay Scale for Someone in the Criminal Justice Field?

The median pay for police officers and detectives in 2012 was $56,980 per year, or around $27.40 per hour, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Pay was slightly more on average for criminal investigators, who made an average of $74,300 per year.

Police and sheriff's patrol officers made an average of $55,270, notes the BLS. Transit and railroad police made around $55,210, while fish and game wardens earned a median yearly income of $48,979. Some of the highest-paid police officers and detectives in the top 10 percent of earners made more than $93,450, while the lowest-earning 10 percent made around $33,060.