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2021 Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates

55,297 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,434 Avg Salary
$27,847 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Criminal Justice & Corrections School for You

Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections GraduatesCriminal Justice & Corrections is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 5th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 55,297 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Criminal Justice Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates ranking analyzed 605 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Criminal Justice & Corrections Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, criminal justice and corrections majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $32,434 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 19% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Criminal Justice Graduates from Schools Nationwide  32,434
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid criminal justice and corrections majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Criminal Justice Graduates

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Union Institute & University. Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cincinnati. Students who receive their bachelor's in criminal justice from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $109,800.

Criminal Justice majors at Union take out an average of $20,072 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $185.

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Herzing University - Kenosha earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Herzing University - Kenosha is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Kenosha. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Kenosha accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Akron landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. Located in the large suburb of Akron, Herzing Akron is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Herzing Akron take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,387. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Madison earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Herzing University - Madison is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Madison. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Herzing University - Madison take out $24,387 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Kenner earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Kenner, Herzing University - Kenner is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Kenner accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Atlanta landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. Herzing University - Atlanta is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Atlanta accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Brookfield landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. Located in the large suburb of Brookfield, Herzing University - Brookfield is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from Herzing University - Brookfield carry an average student debtload of $24,387. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Herzing University - Birmingham earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Birmingham, Herzing University - Birmingham is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Birmingham take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,387. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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Our rankings recognize Herzing University - Minneapolis as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Herzing University - Minneapolis is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Minneapolis. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $57,600.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Herzing University - Minneapolis accumulate an average of around $24,387 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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#9

Boston University

Boston, MA

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston University. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Central Christian College of Kansas. Located in the remote town of McPherson, Central Christian College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, criminal justice majors make an average salary of $51,800.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Central Christian College take out $19,382 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $186.

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#11

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of McKenzie, Bethel is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $50,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from Bethel carry an average student debtload of $29,670. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $300.

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#12

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Our rankings recognize Excelsior College as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Albany, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $49,400.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Excelsior College take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,289. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $130.

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#13

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. Located in the fringe town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Criminal Justice majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $48,800.

While working on their bachelor's, criminal justice majors at Columbia Southern University accumulate an average of around $22,792 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $238.

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#14

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN

Oakland City University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oakland City is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Oakland City. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $47,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, criminal justice graduates from Oakland City carry an average student debtload of $22,933. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $249.

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American Public University System landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the town of Charles Town. Students who receive their bachelor's in criminal justice from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $47,800.

Criminal Justice majors at American Military University take out an average of $25,525 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $261, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Anderson University Indiana earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Anderson University Indiana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Anderson.

On average, criminal justice graduates from Anderson University Indiana take out $29,299 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Siena Heights University earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Siena Heights University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Adrian. Students who receive their bachelor's in criminal justice from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $46,500.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Siena Heights University take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,276. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $187, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. University of Oklahoma is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Norman. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $45,800.

On average, criminal justice graduates from University of Oklahoma take out $25,343 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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#17

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

Our rankings recognize Hofstra University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Hofstra is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hempstead.

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#18

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize George Washington University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the school is $45,600.

Criminal Justice majors at GWU take out an average of $24,520 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $265, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Located in the distant town of Winona, SMU MN is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in criminal justice from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $45,200.

On average, criminal justice graduates from SMU MN take out $19,218 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $223.

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#20

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Walden University. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, criminal justice majors make an average salary of $44,700.

Criminal Justice majors at Walden University take out an average of $33,363 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $355, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. Criminal Justice majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $43,800.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Northeastern take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,539. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $254.

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#22

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid criminal justice and corrections school. National University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of La Jolla. Criminal Justice majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $43,800.

On average, criminal justice graduates from National University take out $26,209 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $286.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates

#30

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#31

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#33

American University

Washington, DC
#34

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#35

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#36

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY
#37

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN
#38

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
#40

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH
#41

Merrimack College

North Andover, MA
#43

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, NY
#43

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#44

Towson University

Towson, MD
#45

Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 605 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
47 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
48 Utica College Utica, NY
49 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
49 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
50 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
51 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
52 Washburn University Topeka, KS
53 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
53 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
54 Peru State College Peru, NE
55 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
56 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
57 Norwich University Northfield, VT
58 Felician University Lodi, NJ
58 Alvernia University Reading, PA
59 American International College Springfield, MA
60 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
61 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
62 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
63 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
64 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
65 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
66 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
67 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
68 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
69 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
70 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
71 Strayer University - Arkansas Little Rock, AR
72 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
73 Strayer University - Alabama Birmingham, AL
74 Strayer University - Delaware Newark, DE
75 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
76 Strayer University - Mississippi Jackson, MS
77 Strayer University - New Jersey Cherry Hill, NJ
78 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
79 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
80 Strayer University - West Virginia Scott Depot, WV
81 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
82 Strayer University - Texas Austin, TX
83 Strayer University - Tennessee Memphis, TN
84 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
85 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
86 Widener University Chester, PA
87 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
88 Marymount University Arlington, VA
89 Ashland University Ashland, OH
90 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Criminal Justice students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates award.

Rank College Location
69 Alfred University Alfred, NY
70 Harding University Searcy, AR
91 Weber State University Ogden, UT
92 Columbia College Columbia, MO
93 Governors State University University Park, IL
94 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
95 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
96 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
97 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
98 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
99 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
100 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
101 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
102 Franklin University Columbus, OH
103 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
104 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
105 Minot State University Minot, ND
106 North Park University Chicago, IL
107 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
108 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
109 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
110 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
111 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
112 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
113 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
114 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
115 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
116 Caldwell University Caldwell, NJ
117 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
118 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD
119 National American University - Rapid City Rapid City, SD
120 National American University - Colorado Springs South Colorado Springs, CO
121 National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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One of 3 majors within the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting area of study, Criminal Justice & Corrections has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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