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Criminal Justice in Georgia

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Georgia

Approximately 1.2% of graduates in of Georgia receive criminal justice degrees every year. Thus, Georgia's 72 criminal justice schools put out approximately 2,991 criminal justice professionals each year.

Top Schools

University of Georgia, which is located in Athens, is the top-ranked school in Georgia that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 15th in the country in 2010. 53 students graduated with a degree in criminal justice from University of Georgia in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Georgia was $8,736 per year.

The second-ranked school in Georgia with a criminal justice program is Georgia State University, which is located in Atlanta. In 2010, it was ranked 32nd nationwide. In 2010, Georgia State University graduated 102 students from its criminal justice program. The tuition rate at Georgia State University was $8,698 per year.

Mercer University, which was ranked 32nd nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Georgia that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Macon. 40 students graduated with degree in criminal justice from Mercer University in 2010. Tuition at Mercer University was $30,560 per year.


Tuition at Georgia's criminal justice schools ranges from $30,560 per year to $1,863 per year. But, the average tuition is $7,438 per year. The Georgia criminal justice schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Mercer University - located in Macon, students are charged $30,560 per year
  2. Brenau University - located in Gainesville, students are charged $20,130 per year
  3. Argosy University-Atlanta - located in Atlanta, students are charged $19,812 per year

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

  1. Central Georgia Technical College - located in Macon, students are charged $1,863 per year
  2. Athens Technical College - located in Athens, students are charged $1,863 per year
  3. Gwinnett Technical College - located in Lawrenceville, students are charged $2,064 per year

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

Many Georgia criminal justice graduates become a special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. 59,190 criminal justice professionals were working in Georgia in 2010. Of these, 17,680 were correctional officers. In addition, 4,750 were special agents, and 1,120 were private detectives. The following counties have the largest number of Georgia criminal justice professionals:

  1. Barrow County - 32,320 criminal justice professionals
  2. Appling County - 3,850 criminal justice professionals
  3. Burke County - 3,760 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in Georgia will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 56,690 criminal justice professionals working in Georgia. The greatest growth for criminal justice professional is predicted to be amongst Paralegals, who are expected to increase by 30% by 2018.


On average, criminal justice professionals earn a salary of $36,190 per year in Georgia state. However, this number is only an average. Criminal justice professional in Georgia had varying salaries from $15,420 to $126,140 per year in 2010. The counties in Georgia with the highest average salary for criminal justice professionals are:

  1. Brantley County - $51,438 per year
  2. Bryan County - $44,255 per year
  3. Houston County - $43,283 per year

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

  1. Bibb County - $29,535 per year
  2. Baldwin County - $30,228 per year
  3. Hall County - $30,695 per year

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

  1. Special Agent - $56,620 per year
  2. Paralegal - $48,910 per year
  3. Private Detective - $35,980 per year

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

  1. Security Guard - $24,340 per year
  2. Bailiff - $21,020 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Georgia statistics regarding a career in criminal justice and to compare salaries with a variety of 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 Georgia
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Georgia
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Georgia
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Georgia

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Security Guards 27,220 $24,340 3.8%
Correctional Officers and Jailers 17,680 $30,270 6.1%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 7,580 $48,910 26.8%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 4,750 $56,620 27.7%
Private Detectives and Investigators 1,120 $35,980 67.2%
Bailiffs 840 $21,020 12.0%

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