Law Enforcement in Texas

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Schools Offering Law Enforcement Programs in Texas


Each year, approximately 0.5% of Texas graduates receive degrees in law enforcement. Thus, Texas' 76 law enforcement schools put out approximately 2,946 law enforcement professionals each year.

Top Schools

Texas State University-San Marcos, which was ranked 31st nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Texas that has a law enforcement program. It is located in San Marcos. In 2010, Texas State University-San Marcos graduated 120 students from its law enforcement program. The tuition rate at Texas State University-San Marcos was $6,458 per year.

Saint Edward's University, which is located in Austin, is the second-ranked school in Texas that has a law enforcement program. It received a ranking of 34th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 5 students graduated from Saint Edward's University law enforcement program. Tuition at Saint Edward's University was $26,484 per year.

Hardin-Simmons University, which is located in Abilene, is the third-ranked school in Texas that has a law enforcement program. It received a ranking of 39th in the country in 2010. 2 students graduated with degree in law enforcement from Hardin-Simmons University in 2010. Students at Hardin-Simmons University paid $20,990 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you are hoping to attend one of Texas' law enforcement schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $6,791 per year, though tuition can range from $26,484 per year to $1,007 per year. In 2010, the following Texas law enforcement schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Saint Edward's University - located in Austin, students are charged $26,484 per year
  2. Abilene Christian University - located in Abilene, students are charged $22,760 per year
  3. St Marys University - located in San Antonio, students are charged $22,576 per year

The law enforcement schools in Texas that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. College of the Mainland - located in Texas City, students are charged $1,007 per year
  2. Collin County Community College District - located in McKinney, students are charged $1,024 per year
  3. North Central Texas College - located in Gainesville, students are charged $1,104 per year

A law enforcement degree from a Texas school... what next?

In Texas, the largest numbers of law enforcement professional work in the following counties:

  1. Austin County - 16,270 law enforcement professionals
  2. Collin County - 9,980 law enforcement professionals
  3. Atascosa County - 5,940 law enforcement professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of law enforcement professionals is expected to grow by 23% by 2018. There are projected to be 80,020 law enforcement professionals working in the Texas then.

Salary

law enforcement professionals in Texas make an average of $59,350 per year. In 2010, however, some Texas law enforcement professional earned as little as less than $18,880 per year or as much as more than $138,370 per year. The following counties in Texas have the highest average salaries for law enforcement professionals:

  1. Collin County - $69,185 per year
  2. Irion County - $66,720 per year
  3. Austin County - $65,935 per year

Law enforcement professionals in the following counties in Texas make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Anderson County - $40,440 per year
  2. Blanco County - $40,675 per year
  3. Cooke County - $41,735 per year

The law enforcement professionals with highest average salaries in Texas were:

  1. Fugitive Detective - $68,260 per year
  2. Police Officer - $50,440 per year

On average, the lowest paid law enforcement professionals in Texas were:

  1. Fugitive Detective - $68,260 per year
  2. Police Officer - $50,440 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Texas statistics regarding a career in law enforcement and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as criminal justice or crime scene investigation.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement in Texas
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement in Texas
  • Master's Degree in Law Enforcement in Texas
  • Certificate in Law Enforcement in Texas

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 53,490 $50,440 5.4%
2
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 15,940 $68,260 113.1%
 

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