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Criminal Justice in Ohio

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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Ohio

Approximately 1.1% of graduates in of Ohio receive criminal justice degrees every year. That means an estimated 3,735 criminal justice professionals graduate from Ohio's 122 criminal justice schools each year.

Top Schools

Ohio University-Main Campus, which is located in Athens, is the top-ranked school in Ohio that has a criminal justice program. It received a ranking of 27th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Ohio University-Main Campus graduated 1 students from its criminal justice program. The tuition rate at Ohio University-Main Campus was $9,603 per year.

The second-ranked school in Ohio that has a criminal justice program is Xavier University. Xavier University, which was ranked 30th in the country in 2010, is located in Cincinnati. In 2010, Xavier University graduated 38 students from its criminal justice program. Tuition at Xavier University was $29,970 per year.

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, which was ranked 30th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Ohio that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Cincinnati. In 2010, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus graduated 443 students from its criminal justice programs. Tuition at University of Cincinnati-Main Campus was $10,065 per year.


If you choose to attend a Ohio criminal justice school, average tuition will be $10,453 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $1,735 per year to $33,099 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Ohio criminal justice schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Ohio Northern University - located in Ada, students are charged $33,099 per year
  2. Xavier University - located in Cincinnati, students are charged $29,970 per year
  3. University of Dayton - located in Dayton, students are charged $29,930 per year

The following Ohio criminal justice schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Sinclair Community College - located in Dayton, students are charged $1,735 per year
  2. Cuyahoga Community College District - located in Cleveland, students are charged $2,537 per year
  3. Lorain County Community College - located in Elyria, students are charged $2,570 per year

A criminal justice degree from an Ohio school... what next?

criminal justice graduates in Ohio can go into a variety of professions such as special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. In 2010, there were 54,170 criminal justice professional working in Ohio, including 13,570 correctional officers, 2,720 special agents, and 900 private detectives. The Ohio counties with the largest populations of criminal justice professional are:

  1. Cuyahoga County - 13,810 criminal justice professionals
  2. Dearborn County - 9,680 criminal justice professionals
  3. Delaware County - 6,580 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 60,030 criminal justice professionals will be working in Ohio. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 7%.


criminal justice professionals in Ohio earn $43,997 per year on average. However, Ohio criminal justice professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,790 per year to more than $121,500 per year in 2010. On average criminal justice professional earn the most in the following Ohio counties:

  1. Portage County - $49,386 per year
  2. Greene County - $46,114 per year
  3. Cuyahoga County - $45,245 per year

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

  1. Jefferson County - $23,350 per year
  2. Erie County - $26,150 per year
  3. Coshocton County - $27,780 per year

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

  1. Special Agent - $67,490 per year
  2. Private Detective - $45,650 per year
  3. Paralegal - $44,570 per year

On average, the lowest paid criminal justice professionals in Ohio were:

  1. Bailiff - $39,590 per year
  2. Security Guard - $26,100 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Ohio 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 Ohio
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in Ohio
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in Ohio
  • Doctoral Degree in Criminal Justice in Ohio
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice in Ohio

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Security Guards 29,460 $26,100 -4.7%
Correctional Officers and Jailers 13,570 $40,580 -2.9%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 6,240 $44,570 6.7%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 2,720 $67,490 25.9%
Bailiffs 1,280 $39,590 26.7%
Private Detectives and Investigators 900 $45,650 -18.2%

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