Salaries for Jobs in Public Safety

ProgramPotential job titlesEntry-level4-5 years10 yearsStar rating
Basic Law Enforcement TrainingPolice officer, deputy, state trooper, private security officerNANANA4
Corrections and Detention TrainingCorrectional officer, detention officer$35,984$40,269$44,5122
Criminal Justice General Instructor TrainingLaw enforcement instructor or trainerNANANA3
Criminal Justice TechnologyLawyer, judge, magistrate judge$47,861$66,872$103,1894
Emergency Medical ScienceTelecommunicator, first responder, lifeguard$29,598$38,230$49,5663
Emergency Medical Science BridgeEmergency dispatcher, EMT or paramedic, firefighter$29,598$38,230$49,5663
EMT Training and EMS Continuing EducationEmergency medical technician$31,720$37,066$49,9203
Fire Services TrainingFirefighterNANANA3
Forensic Science TechnologyPolice identifier, records officer, detective, criminal investigator$50,794$64,126$85,0724
Law Enforcement TrainingLaw enforcement officer, telecommunicatorNANANA4
Public Safety AdministrationEmergency management director, bailiff, telecommunicator$52,832$77,813$113,6933

About the numbers

Lightcast is an Idaho-based labor market data analysis firm that aims to help communities understand the economic value of higher education and help colleges maximize the value of their education.

Lightcast projects salaries for entry-level positions, as well as after four to five years and after 10 years in specific careers. Various data, including quarterly wage and salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and proprietary internal projections, is used to make the projections. The company's data helps identify skill gaps that keep job seekers and employers apart and tools to bridge that gap.

Star ratings are assigned by, a partnership of state-level experts in public education, higher education, workforce development, college financing and labor market economics. The ratings are based on wages, projected growth rate and projected job openings. Occupations are rated from one to five stars, and those with more stars are considered to have better career prospects.