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Schools Offering Criminal Justice Programs in Utah

Approximately 0.6% of graduates in of Utah receive criminal justice degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 500 criminal justice professionals graduate from Utah's 19 criminal justice schools.

Top Schools

Southern Utah University, which was ranked 72nd nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Utah that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Cedar City. 48 students graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Southern Utah University in 2010. Southern Utah University charged in-state students $4,736 in tuition fees per year.

Westminster College, which was ranked 73rd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Utah that has a criminal justice program. It is located in Salt Lake City. In 2010, 7 students graduated from Westminster College criminal justice program. Tuition at Westminster College was $25,980 per year.

The third-ranked school in Utah that has a criminal justice program is Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Bridgerland Applied Technology College, which was ranked 75th in the country in 2010, is located in Logan. In 2010, Bridgerland Applied Technology College graduated 59 students from its criminal justice programs. The tuition rate at Bridgerland Applied Technology College was $0 per year.


Criminal justice schools in Utah, charge students an average tuition of $10,120 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $25,980 per year, or as little as $2,542 per year. In 2010, the following Utah criminal justice schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Westminster College - located in Salt Lake City, students are charged $25,980 per year
  2. Argosy University-Salt Lake City - located in Draper, students are charged $19,812 per year
  3. ITT Technical Institute-Murray - located in Salt Lake City, students are charged $18,048 per year

The criminal justice schools in Utah that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Snow College - located in Ephraim, students are charged $2,542 per year
  2. Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah - located in Price, students are charged $2,670 per year
  3. Salt Lake Community College - located in Salt Lake City, students are charged $2,932 per year

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

Many Utah criminal justice graduates become a special agent, private detective, security guard, bailiff, and paralegal. 10,720 criminal justice professionals were working in Utah in 2010. Of these, 2,580 were correctional officers. In addition, 420 were special agents, and were private detectives. The largest populations of Utah criminal justice professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Salt Lake County - 5,640 criminal justice professionals
  2. Davis County - 940 criminal justice professionals
  3. Juab County - 870 criminal justice professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 14,080 criminal justice professionals will be working in Utah. This would require the number of criminal justice professional to grow by 25%.


On average, criminal justice professionals earn a salary of $41,292 per year in Utah state. However, Utah criminal justice professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,560 per year to more than $120,860 per year in 2010. The following counties in Utah have the highest average salaries for criminal justice professionals:

  1. Salt Lake County - $45,413 per year
  2. Juab County - $42,237 per year
  3. Davis County - $37,950 per year

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

  1. Zapata County - $30,080 per year
  2. Franklin County - $30,495 per year
  3. Washington County - $31,100 per year

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

  1. Special Agent - $70,140 per year
  2. Paralegal - $40,450 per year
  3. Correctional Officer - $40,340 per year

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

  1. Private Detective - $30,370 per year
  2. Security Guard - $26,230 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in criminal justice in Utah and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminology or forensic science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Private Detectives and Investigators n/a $30,370
Security Guards 5,820 $26,230 15.2%
Correctional Officers and Jailers 2,580 $40,340 13.7%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 1,840 $40,450 67.3%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 420 $70,140 2.4%
Bailiffs 60 $40,220 -40.0%

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