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2021 Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates

60,085 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,822 Avg Salary
$27,789 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 60,085 people earned their bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting, making the major the #11 most popular in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates ranking looked at 617 colleges that offer a bachelor's in homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when 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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors

After graduation, homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $33,822 per year. That's not so great, since it is 15% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates from Schools Nationwide  33,822
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Grads in United States

The highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates

Our rankings recognize Union Institute & University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Union is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Our rankings recognize Anna Maria College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Anna Maria is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Paxton.

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Waldorf University

Forest City, IA

Waldorf University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Waldorf is a small private for-profit school located in the town of Forest City.

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#4

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school. Located in the large suburb of Aston, Neumann is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Thomas Edison State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school. TESU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Trenton.

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#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Columbia Southern University is a very large private for-profit school located in the town of Orange Beach.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Herzing University - Akron. Herzing Akron is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Akron.

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Herzing University - Kenner earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Herzing University - Kenner is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Kenner.

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Herzing University - Brookfield comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Herzing University - Brookfield is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Brookfield.

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Herzing University - Atlanta landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school. Located in the city of Atlanta, Herzing University - Atlanta is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

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Herzing University - Madison comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Herzing University - Madison is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#11

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Herzing University - Kenosha. Located in the suburb of Kenosha, Herzing University - Kenosha is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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Herzing University - Birmingham comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Herzing University - Birmingham is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Birmingham.

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Our rankings recognize Herzing University - Minneapolis as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Minneapolis, Herzing University - Minneapolis is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Central Christian College of Kansas. Central Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of McPherson.

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American Public University System earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Anderson University Indiana. Located in the city of Anderson, Anderson University Indiana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#17

Franklin University

Columbus, OH

Our rankings recognize Franklin University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Columbus, Franklin University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Bethel University

McKenzie, TN

Bethel University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Bethel is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of McKenzie.

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#19

Excelsior College

Albany, NY

Excelsior College landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school. Excelsior College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Albany.

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Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN

Our rankings recognize Oakland City University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Oakland City, Oakland City is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Siena Heights University. Located in the distant town of Adrian, Siena Heights University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Utah Valley University. Located in the city of Orem, UVU is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting school. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates

#26

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ
#28

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
#29

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#30

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#31

National University

La Jolla, CA
#32

Champlain College

Burlington, VT
#33

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
#35

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH
#35

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
#39

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#39

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH
#40

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#42

American University

Washington, DC
#43

Utica College

Utica, NY
#44

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#45

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#45

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#46

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY
#47

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 617 different United States homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
48 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
49 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
50 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
50 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
51 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
52 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
52 Western New England University Springfield, MA
53 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
54 Lynn University Boca Raton, FL
55 Mid - America Christian University Oklahoma City, OK
56 Winona State University Winona, MN
57 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
58 Franklin Pierce University Rindge, NH
59 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
60 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
61 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
62 Peru State College Peru, NE
63 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
64 Washburn University Topeka, KS
65 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA
66 Norwich University Northfield, VT
67 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
68 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
69 American International College Springfield, MA
70 Alvernia University Reading, PA
71 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
72 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
73 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
74 Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Daytona Beach, FL
75 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
76 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK
77 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
78 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
79 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
80 Strayer University - District of Columbia Washington, DC
81 Strayer University - Florida Tampa, FL
82 Strayer University - West Virginia Scott Depot, WV
83 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
84 Strayer University - Texas Austin, TX
85 Strayer University - Tennessee Memphis, TN
86 Strayer University - South Carolina Greenville, SC
87 Strayer University - Pennsylvania Trevose, PA
88 Strayer University - North Carolina Morrisville, NC
89 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
90 Strayer University - Global Region Washington, DC
91 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
92 Strayer University - New Jersey Cherry Hill, NJ

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Graduates award.

Rank College Location
63 Alfred University Alfred, NY
64 Harding University Searcy, AR
93 Strayer University - Arkansas Little Rock, AR
94 Strayer University - Mississippi Jackson, MS
95 Strayer University - Alabama Birmingham, AL
96 Strayer University - Delaware Newark, DE
97 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
98 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
99 Widener University Chester, PA
100 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
101 Marymount University Arlington, VA
102 Weber State University Ogden, UT
103 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
104 Columbia College Columbia, MO
105 Ashland University Ashland, OH
106 Governors State University University Park, IL
107 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
108 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
109 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
110 Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
111 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
112 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
113 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
114 Minot State University Minot, ND
115 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
116 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
117 North Park University Chicago, IL
118 Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, SD
119 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
120 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
121 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
122 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
123 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC

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Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 55,297
Homeland Security 2,452
Fire Protection 1,423
Other Homeland Security 913

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,385
Public Administration & Social Service 36,639
Legal Professions 4,554
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 791

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Barry Bahler.

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