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How will your law enforcement education stack up?

If you want to study law enforcement at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 1,506 traditional law enforcement schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have law enforcement programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  2. University of Georgia - located in Athens, Georgia
  3. Michigan State University - located in East Lansing, Michigan

Student Demographics

In 2010, 54,357 students earned degrees in law enforcement in the US. Of these students, 13,807 graduated from certificate programs in law enforcement, 37,558 graduated from undergraduate programs in law enforcement, and 2,992 graduated from graduate-level programs in law enforcement.


Students can pursue education in law enforcement at the following levels:

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

During the course of their law enforcement education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Memorization
  • American Courts
  • Critical Thinking
  • Observation


Students at law enforcement schools around the nation paid an average of $21,687 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The law enforcement schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Boston University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $38,440
  3. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $35,362

The law enforcement schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Florida Atlantic University - located in Boca Raton, Florida, students paid $3,349
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Texas State University-San Marcos - located in San Marcos, Texas, students paid $6,168

How will your law enforcement job compare?

Law enforcement majors in the US can go into a variety of professions such as fugitive detective. The following states have the largest number of law enforcement professionals:

  1. California - 88,450 Law Enforcement Professionals
  2. Texas - 69,430 Law Enforcement Professionals
  3. New York - 64,630 Law Enforcement Professionals

Projected Growth

The projected growth for law enforcement professionals is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Arkansas - 24%
  2. Utah - 23%
  3. Texas - 23%


Law enforcement professionals around the US earn $57,859 per year on average. However, the salary for law enforcement professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact law enforcement profession you pursue but also on factors such as education, your exact job description, and shift differentials. Approximately 10 percent of law enforcement professionals earn less than $16,540 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $149,040 per year. The states with the highest average salary for law enforcement professionals are:

  1. Washington DC - $87,355 per year
  2. New Jersey - $85,745 per year
  3. California - $83,720 per year

On average, law enforcement professionals earn the least in the following states:

  1. Mississippi - $43,170 per year
  2. Arkansas - $44,285 per year
  3. West Virginia - $44,845 per year

On average the lowest paid law enforcement professionals were:

  1. Police Officer - $55,620 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 644,300 $55,620 3.2%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 110,640 $73,010 29.8%