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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Iowa


Approximately 2.3% of graduates in of Iowa receive criminal justice degrees every year. That means an estimated 2,573 criminal justice professionals graduate from Iowa's 34 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Dordt College, which is located in Sioux Center, is the top-ranked school in Iowa that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 36th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Dordt College graduated 4 students from its criminal justice program. The tuition rate at Dordt College was $23,180 per year.

Buena Vista University, which was ranked 43rd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Iowa that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Storm Lake. In 2010, Buena Vista University graduated 53 students from its criminal justice program. The tuition rate at Buena Vista University was $26,306 per year.

Grand View University, which is located in Des Moines, is the third-ranked school in Iowa that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 48th in the country in 2010. 20 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Grand View University in 2010. Tuition at Grand View University was $20,292 per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Iowa criminal justice school, average tuition will be $13,932 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $3,120 per year to $26,837 per year. The Iowa criminal justice schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Simpson College - located in Indianola, students are charged $26,837 per year
  2. Buena Vista University - located in Storm Lake, students are charged $26,306 per year
  3. Loras College - located in Dubuque, students are charged $26,275 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Iowa criminal justice schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Indian Hills Community College - located in Ottumwa, students are charged $3,120 per year
  2. Western Iowa Tech Community College - located in Sioux City, students are charged $3,204 per year
  3. Eastern Iowa Community College District - located in Davenport, students are charged $3,540 per year

A criminal justice degree from an Iowa school... what next?

Many Iowa criminal justice graduates become a special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. 11,840 criminal justice professionals were working in Iowa in 2010. Of these, 3,240 were correctional officers. In addition, 460 were special agents, and 70 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Iowa criminal justice professionals:

  1. Dallas County - 3,240 criminal justice professionals
  2. Appanoose County - 1,760 criminal justice professionals
  3. Scott County - 1,660 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 14,000 criminal justice professionals will be working in Iowa. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 13%.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Iowa make an average of $38,025 per year. In 2010, however, some Iowa criminal justice professional earned as little as less than $15,920 per year or as much as more than $119,320 per year. Criminal justice professionals in the following Iowa counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Dallas County - $50,860 per year
  2. Benton County - $49,017 per year
  3. Woodbury County - $47,663 per year

The Iowa counties with the lowest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Johnson County - $29,355 per year
  2. Adair County - $31,525 per year
  3. Story County - $31,930 per year

The criminal justice professionals with highest average salaries in Iowa were:

  1. Special Agent - $66,360 per year
  2. Private Detective - $52,060 per year
  3. Correctional Officer - $42,790 per year

The criminal justice professionals with lowest average salaries in Iowa were:

  1. Security Guard - $24,540 per year
  2. Bailiff - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in Iowa and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice in Iowa
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Iowa
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Iowa
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Iowa

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 6,510 $24,540 6.2%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 3,240 $42,790 -5.5%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1,490 $42,400 24.2%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 460 $66,360 31.4%
5
Bailiffs 70 n/a
6
Private Detectives and Investigators 70 $52,060 -66.7%
 

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