Criminal Justice in Missouri

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Missouri


Each year, roughly 1.2% of Missouri students graduate with degrees in criminal justice. In other words, every year an estimated 2,104 criminal justice professionals graduate from Missouri's 59 criminal justice schools.

Top Schools

Westminster College, which was ranked 39th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Missouri that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Fulton. 1 students graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Westminster College in 2010. Westminster College charged in-state students $19,760 in tuition fees per year.

Lindenwood University, which is located in Saint Charles, is the second-ranked school in Missouri that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 43rd in the country in 2010. Lindenwood University charged in-state students $13,540 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Missouri that has a criminal justice program is Saint Louis University-Main Campus. Saint Louis University-Main Campus, which was ranked 64th in the country in 2010, is located in Saint Louis. 26 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Saint Louis University-Main Campus in 2010. Tuition at Saint Louis University-Main Campus was $32,656 per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Missouri criminal justice school, average tuition will be $9,664 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $1,704 per year to $32,656 per year. In 2010, the following Missouri criminal justice schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Saint Louis University-Main Campus - located in Saint Louis, students are charged $32,656 per year
  2. Rockhurst University - located in Kansas City, students are charged $27,340 per year
  3. Culver-Stockton College - located in Canton, students are charged $22,550 per year

The criminal justice schools in Missouri that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. East Central College - located in Union, students are charged $1,704 per year
  2. St Charles Community College - located in Saint Peters, students are charged $1,920 per year
  3. Crowder College - located in Neosho, students are charged $1,920 per year

A criminal justice degree from a Missouri school... what next?

Special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer are the professions of choice for a majority of criminal justice graduates in Missouri. Missouri had 33,190 criminal justice professionals in 2010. 9,060 of these criminal justice professionals were correctional officers, 1,550 were special agents, and were private detectives. In Missouri, the largest numbers of criminal justice professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bond County - 14,950 criminal justice professionals
  2. Franklin County - 12,210 criminal justice professionals
  3. Butler County - 2,030 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 36,700 criminal justice professionals will be working in Missouri. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 7%.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Missouri earn $41,061 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Missouri criminal justice professional earned as little as less than $15,570 per year or as much as more than $126,140 per year. On average criminal justice professional earn the most in the following Missouri counties:

  1. Christian County - $49,560 per year
  2. Franklin County - $44,960 per year
  3. Bond County - $42,515 per year

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

  1. Barry County - $26,778 per year
  2. Adair County - $27,960 per year
  3. Jasper County - $29,165 per year

On average, the highest paid criminal justice professionals in Missouri were:

  1. Special Agent - $62,810 per year
  2. Transit Police Officer - $50,790 per year
  3. Paralegal - $45,480 per year

On average, the lowest paid criminal justice professionals in Missouri were:

  1. Correctional Officer - $29,210 per year
  2. Security Guard - $26,780 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in Missouri 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 Missouri
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Missouri
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Missouri
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Missouri

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Private Detectives and Investigators n/a $41,550
2
Security Guards 17,630 $26,780 -8.2%
3
Correctional Officers and Jailers 9,060 $29,210 10.5%
4
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4,510 $45,480 0.0%
5
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,550 $62,810 5.4%
6
Bailiffs 290 $30,810 -9.4%
7
Transit and Railroad Police 150 $50,790 150.0%
 

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