Protective service occupations

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2019 Workforce
3.46M
Average Age
40.8
Average Salary
$54,118
Average Male Salary
$58,326
Average Female Salary
$40,448

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Protective service occupations are most often employed by the Justice, public order, & safety activities  industry. The average yearly wage for Protective service occupations was $54,118 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Protective service occupations by wage are Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations, Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, and Sales & related 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 Deep East Texas COG (West) & Walker County PUMA, TX, Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner's Harbor PUMA, NY, and Dale City, Lake Ridge & Woodbridge PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Protective service occupations are Carr 2-Carr 129 PUMA, PR, Ashburn, Washington Heights, Morgan Park & Beverly PUMA, IL, and Carr 52-Carr 150 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 Data processing, hosting & related services. Protective service occupations are paid most in Deltona & Lake Helen Cities PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Carr 2-Carr 129 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$54,118
AVERAGE SALARY
± $566

In 2019, Protective service occupations earned an average of $54,118, $1,406 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

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

0.395
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Protective service occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.395, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

3.46M
2019 Workforce
± 45,171
3.33%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.8%

The number of people employed as Protective service occupations has been growing at a rate of 3.33%, from 3,352,435 people in 2018 to 3,464,199 people in 2019.

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  50.5%, followed by Investigation & security services with 17.1% and Amusement & Recreation with 4.69%.

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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 41.2 and of female Protective service occupations is 39.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Protective service occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

2.65M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 39,607
815k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 22,110

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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

59.2% of Protective service occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.5% of Protective service occupations, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

41.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.21
39.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.4

The median age of Protective service occupations is 40.8, and Male employees are generally 1.72 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 Negotiation, Social Perceptiveness, and Persuasion.

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