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Popular Careers for a Criminal Justice Degree

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Do you like action movies were the good guys beat the bad guys in the end? Maybe you'd like to make a career out law enforcement. If you have a passion for justice and serving others, a career in criminal justice may suit you well. See PayScale's list of the most popular careers for a criminal justice degree.

Jobs ranked by popularity among graduates. Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees from all colleges. See full methodology for more.

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Popular Careers for a Criminal Justice Degree - Full List
Popular Careers for a Criminal Justice Degree National Median Pay
Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officer $58,100
Paralegal / Legal Assistant $53,100
Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist $46,100
Detective or Criminal Investigator $80,200
Legal Secretary $52,200
Security Officer $31,900
Loss Prevention Manager $47,300
Security Manager $66,500
Loss Prevention Agent $28,900
Security Director (Physical, Personnel, Grounds, et al.) $78,700
Security Supervisor $42,800
Correctional Officer / Jailer $57,300
First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Police and Detectives $70,200
Fraud Investigator $63,200
Police Detective $71,200
Private Detective or Investigator $55,900
Loss Prevention Investigator $37,800
Corrections Officer $46,800
Security Officer Armed $34,000
FBI Agent $119,000
All data is limited to those with a Bachelor's degree and no higher degrees who work full-time in the United States. Jobs are listed in order of relative popularity amongst graduates with a Bachelor's degree in the given major from any college. Median salary for each job title is for individuals with any major who have a typical amount of experience at that job. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable. Salary does not include equity (stock) compensation. This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data, and may not represent all individuals in these categories. See full methodology for more.
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