Protective service occupations

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Total Workforce

3.35M

Average Age

40.5

Average Salary

$52,899

Average Male Salary

$56,798

Average Female Salary

$40,184

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 $52,899 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Protective service occupations by wage are Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, Sales & related 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 Tottenville, Great Kills & Annadale PUMA, NY, South Shore, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Grand Boulevard & Douglas 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 (Sureste) PUMA, PR, Carr 2 (Sur) PUMA, PR, and Carr 2 (Norte) 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 Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services. Protective service occupations are paid most in St. Louis County (Central) PUMA, MO but are relatively concentrated in Carr 3 (Sureste) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,899

AVERAGE SALARY

± $569

In 2018, Protective service occupations earned an average of $52,899, $990 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations make somewhat more than Protective service occupations while Installation, maintenance, & repair 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

0.394

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Protective service occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.394, 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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Industries by Share

3.35M

2018 Workforce

± 44,446

2.15%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.85%

The number of people employed as Protective service occupations has been growing at a rate of 2.15%, from 3,281,865 people in 2017 to 3,352,435 people in 2018.

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  51.2%, followed by Investigation & security services with 16.2% and Amusement & Recreation with 4.43%.

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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 40.9 and of female Protective service occupations is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Protective service occupations is White.

Gender Composition

2.57M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 38,986

787k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 21,721

76.5% 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

69.4% of Protective service occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.9% 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

40.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.21

39.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.408

The median age of Protective service occupations is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 1.59 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, Troubleshooting, and Operation Monitoring.

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