Criminal Justice in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Pennsylvania


Approximately 1.0% of graduates in of Pennsylvania receive criminal justice degrees every year. That means an estimated 3,973 criminal justice professionals graduate from Pennsylvania's 99 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Temple University, which was ranked 24th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Philadelphia. In 2010, Temple University graduated 215 students from its criminal justice program. Temple University charged in-state students $12,424 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a criminal justice program is Drexel University. Drexel University, which was ranked 24th in the country in 2010, is located in Philadelphia. 15 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Drexel University in 2010. Tuition at Drexel University was $33,000 per year.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is located in West Chester, is the third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 32nd in the country in 2010. 127 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2010. The tuition rate at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was $7,680 per year.

Cost

Tuition at Pennsylvania's criminal justice schools ranges from $39,930 per year to $2,700 per year. But, the average tuition is $14,666 per year. The Pennsylvania criminal justice schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Villanova University - located in Villanova, students are charged $39,930 per year
  2. University of Scranton - located in Scranton, students are charged $34,536 per year
  3. La Salle University - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $33,700 per year

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

  1. Westmoreland County Community College - located in Youngwood, students are charged $2,700 per year
  2. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  3. Community College of Beaver County - located in Monaca, students are charged $2,796 per year

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

Many Pennsylvania criminal justice graduates become a special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and transit police officer. If you decide to work as a criminal justice professional in Pennsylvania, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 71,500 Pennsylvania criminal justice professional as of 2010. This number includes 17,940 correctional officers, 3,260 special agents, and 2,330 private detectives. In Pennsylvania, the largest numbers of criminal justice professional work in the following counties:

  1. Bucks County - 24,640 criminal justice professionals
  2. Allegheny County - 12,930 criminal justice professionals
  3. Cumberland County - 3,310 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in Pennsylvania will grow by 11%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 80,700 criminal justice professionals working in Pennsylvania. The greatest growth for criminal justice professional is predicted to be amongst Special Agents, who are expected to increase by 15% by 2018.

Salary

criminal justice professionals in Pennsylvania make an average of $48,139 per year. But, salaries for criminal justice professional can vary. In 2010, criminal justice professional made as little as less than $15,800 per year or as much as more than $120,030 per year in Pennsylvania. Criminal justice professionals in the following Pennsylvania counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Bucks County - $53,752 per year
  2. Berks County - $50,720 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $49,833 per year

Criminal justice professionals in the following counties in Pennsylvania make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Cambria County - $21,420 per year
  2. Lebanon County - $27,920 per year
  3. Centre County - $30,940 per year

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

  1. Special Agent - $74,510 per year
  2. Transit Police Officer - $67,610 per year
  3. Paralegal - $50,260 per year

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

  1. Security Guard - $27,720 per year
  2. Bailiff - $27,540 per year

More Information

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Security Guards 38,840 $27,720 5.7%
2
Correctional Officers and Jailers 17,940 $45,560 2.2%
3
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 8,570 $50,260 -8.2%
4
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 3,260 $74,510 0.6%
5
Private Detectives and Investigators 2,330 $43,770 2.6%
6
Bailiffs 330 $27,540
7
Transit and Railroad Police 230 $67,610
 

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