Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Idaho

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Idaho.

Despite being the 14th largest state in terms of land area, Idaho has a population estimated to have been 1,545,801 in 2009, which ranks it as the 39th most populous state. The unemployment rate in Idaho, which as of August 2010 hovered around 8.9 percent, was a little below the current national average. In 2004, the state brought in about $43.6 billion dollars, most of which came from its agricultural production. Idaho produces, in fact, one third of the potatoes grown in the United States. Besides having an agricultural-based economy, the state also benefits from its lumber, mining, and manufacturing industries. In fact, science and technology businesses account for a quarter of the state’s total revenue. Education in the state, however, does not reflect the strength of its economy. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, only a small number of residents have a bachelor’s degree and few go on to pursue higher education in the state. Of those that do, only forty three percent earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

Crime rates in Idaho are much less than the national average, placing it just behind New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota as far as total crimes per 100,000 people. In 2008, the national violent crimes rate was 455, but Idaho’s was only 229. The most common crimes in the state include rape and burglary. However, Idaho actually incarcerates more of its population than does the rest of the nation, punishing 471 adults per 100,000 people. The national average for incarceration is 447 per 100,000. On average, residents of Idaho pay in taxes about $21,000 per inmate, while nationally, the average cost of an inmate is $28,689. Boise, the state’s capitol, has experienced an impressive drop in crime rates between 1998 and 2008, with its largest drop, an 8 percent decrease, occurring between 2006 and 2007. Compared to other cities its size, Boise has less crime for its population of around 200,000.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in ID

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Boise Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Meridian Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Idaho? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Idaho Employment: 40

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $33.62

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $69,930

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Idaho Employment: 90

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $15.67

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $32,590

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Idaho Employment: 1,470

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $16.10

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $33,490

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Idaho Employment: 60

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $22.34

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $46,470

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Idaho Employment: 420

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $27.53

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $57,260

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Idaho Employment: 290

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $23.4

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $48,670

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Idaho Employment: 670

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $30.90

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $64,280

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Idaho Employment: 120

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $25.08

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $52,160

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Idaho Employment: 170

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $55.26

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $114,930

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Idaho Employment: 100

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $19.54

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $40,650

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Idaho Employment: 1960

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $43.09

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $89,620

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Idaho Employment: 770

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $19.00

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $39,530

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Idaho Employment: 2,590

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $21.85

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $45,440

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Idaho Employment: N/A

Idaho Hourly Mean Wage: $18.18

Idaho Annual Mean Wage: $37,820

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes