This occupation has a very low probability of automation.

9.8% probability

of automation

7.0% growth

projected to 2026

684,200 employed

currently in the US

$62,760 annual wage

US, median ($30.17 hourly)

What they do

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 9.8% likely to be automated. It ranks 167 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 684,200 people have this job. They earn $62,760 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $42,940,392,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $30.17.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 731,900 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).