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Criminal Justice in Connecticut

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Connecticut

Approximately 1.0% of graduates in of Connecticut receive criminal justice degrees every year. Thus, Connecticut's 24 criminal justice schools put out approximately 798 criminal justice professionals each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Connecticut that has a criminal justice program is Quinnipiac University. Quinnipiac University, which was ranked 31st in the country in 2010, is located in Hamden. In 2010, 43 students graduated from Quinnipiac University's criminal justice program. Students at Quinnipiac University paid $34,250 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Connecticut with a criminal justice program is Central Connecticut State University, which is located in New Britain. In 2010, it was ranked 39th nationwide. 8 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Central Connecticut State University in 2010. The tuition rate at Central Connecticut State University was $7,861 per year.

The third-ranked school in Connecticut with a criminal justice program is University of New Haven, which is located in West Haven. In 2010, it was ranked 41st nationwide. 223 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from University of New Haven in 2010. University of New Haven charged in-state students $30,750 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Connecticut's criminal justice schools ranges from $34,250 per year to $3,386 per year. But, the average tuition is $14,985 per year. In 2010, the criminal justice schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Connecticut were:

  1. Quinnipiac University - located in Hamden, students are charged $34,250 per year
  2. Sacred Heart University - located in Bridgeport, students are charged $31,440 per year
  3. University of New Haven - located in West Haven, students are charged $30,750 per year

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

  1. Norwalk Community College - located in Norwalk, students are charged $3,386 per year
  2. Three Rivers Community College - located in Norwich, students are charged $3,386 per year
  3. Tunxis Community College - located in Farmington, students are charged $3,406 per year

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

criminal justice graduates in Connecticut can go into a variety of professions such as special agent, private detective, security guard, and paralegal. Connecticut had 17,080 criminal justice professionals in 2010. of these criminal justice professionals were correctional officers, 1,050 were special agents, and 540 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Connecticut criminal justice professionals:

  1. Hartford County - 6,330 criminal justice professionals
  2. Fairfield County - 5,270 criminal justice professionals
  3. Middlesex County - 2,160 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that, by 2018, the number of criminal justice professionals in the state of Connecticut will grow to 21,080. This would require a 3% growth in the field.


criminal justice professionals in Connecticut earn $49,338 per year on average. But, salaries for criminal justice professional can vary. In 2010, criminal justice professional made as little as less than $17,900 per year or as much as more than $134,550 per year in Connecticut. Criminal justice professionals in the following Connecticut counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Middlesex County - $53,603 per year
  2. Hartford County - $52,377 per year
  3. Fairfield County - $45,073 per year

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

  1. Litchfield County - $37,190 per year
  2. Windham County - $40,940 per year
  3. New London County - $43,770 per year

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

  1. Special Agent - $76,970 per year
  2. Paralegal - $51,150 per year
  3. Correctional Officer - $50,450 per year

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

  1. Private Detective - $38,430 per year
  2. Security Guard - $29,690 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Connecticut statistics regarding a career in criminal justice. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science.

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Correctional Officers and Jailers n/a $50,450
Security Guards 10,930 $29,690 -9.6%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4,560 $51,150 14.9%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,050 $76,970 -5.4%
Private Detectives and Investigators 540 $38,430 50.0%

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