The Average Salary of a School Resource Officer

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School resource officers often merge security and educational training.
School resource officers often merge security and educational training. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

A school resource officer is defined by three roles: law enforcement officer, law-related education teacher and law-related counselor. Some of their duties include formulating educational crime-prevention programs, and establishing and maintaining relationships between school security personnel, principals, faculty and students. School resource officers commonly participate in school activities, student organizations and athletic events. A school resource officer can be classified under the career category of educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors.

Annual Salary

In May 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the national mean annual salary for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors to be $55,970. The median yearly salary was $53,380. The salary ranged between $31,630 and $86,250, with about half of all educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors earning between $40,750 and $68,620.

Hourly Wage

The BLS also reported the hourly wage data for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors. The national average hourly wage in 2010 was $26.91. The median hourly wage was $25.67. The hourly pay range was between $15.21 and $41.47, and about half of all educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors paid by the hour earned between $19.59 and $32.99 an hour.

School Type

The average salary for a school resource officer varies by industry. In May 2010, the BLS reported that for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors employed in elementary and secondary schools earned $62,310 on average, while those employed in universities and professional schools earned $48,770 on average. Those employed in junior colleges earned $56,160 on average, while those employed in technical and trade schools earned $49,540 on average.

State

The average salary of a school resource officer and for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors in general also varies by state. California held the highest level of employment for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors in 2010, with about 19,920 jobs that year. Those employed in California also earned one of the highest salaries by state, with an average salary of $63,110. New Jersey was the highest-paying state for this occupation, with an annual mean wage of $70,669.

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