Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania.

In 2008, The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that Pennsylvania earned a gross income of $553.3 billion dollars, ranking the state 6th in the nation as far as income goes. The economy earns so much money because of the state’s enormous industrial manufacturing sector. Pittsburgh is home to a large steel industry, Erie is home to GE Transportation Systems, and Philadelphia has six Fortune 500 companies based there. Because of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing-based economy, it has suffered significantly during the recent recession. Its unemployment rate as of August 2010 was 9.2 percent. Higher education in Pennsylvania received decent scores from The National Center of Public Policy and Higher Education, earning a B- in how well the school system prepares students for college and an A in completion rates. In fact, 67 percent of college students received their bachelor’s degree within six years. However, only a fair number of residents have a college education, and this negatively affects the state’s economy.

Crime rates in Pennsylvania are average compared to the nation. According to CQ Press, Pennsylvania ranked the state exactly in the middle of the country regarding its crime rates in 2009. Like much of the nation, Pennsylvania has experienced a slight decrease in overall crime between 2008 and 2009, though the state did see a two point increase in rates of forcible rape in that same time period. Property crimes, such as burglary and theft, remain the most common in the state, with aggravated assault being the most common violent crime committed in 2009. While rural counties recently saw a decrease in their crime rates, the distribution of crime in the state is focused around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Compared to other cities of similar size with populations of between 1 million and 2 million people, Philadelphia has the highest violent crime rate as of 2009. Likewise, Pittsburgh had a very high crime rate compared to other cities of around 300,000 people, second to Cincinnati in 2009.

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 PA

Kaplan University Capella University University of Phoenix

Philadelphia Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus Strayer University Campus DeVry University Kaplan University

Pittsburgh Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix DeVry University Strayer University Campus ITT-Tech Campus Kaplan University

Delaware County Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

King of Prussia Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus Strayer University Campus

Lower Bucks County Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Penn Center West Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Cranberry Woods Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Center City Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Fort Washington Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Chesterbrook Criminal Justice Campus Programs

DeVry University Kaplan University

Valley Forge Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Kaplan University

Scranton Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Harrisburg Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus

Bensalem Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Dunmore Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Harrisburg Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Monroeville Criminal Justice Campus Programs

ITT-Tech Campus

Interested in a criminal justice career in Pennslyvania? 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

Pennsylvania Employment: 1,070

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $35.87

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $74,610

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Pennsylvania Employment: 210

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $30.95

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $64,380

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Pennsylvania Employment: 300

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $13.34

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $18,480

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Pennsylvania Employment: 17,540

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $21.34

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $44,390

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Pennsylvania Employment: 850

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $19.51

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $40,580

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Pennsylvania Employment: 3,520

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $33.12

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $68,890

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Pennsylvania Employment: 580

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $25.80

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $53,660

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Pennsylvania Employment: 4,170

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $36.44

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $75,800

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Pennsylvania Employment: 110

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $38.05

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $79,140

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Pennsylvania Employment: 1,410

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $19.77

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $41,120

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Pennsylvania Employment: 22,740

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $63.03

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $131,100

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Pennsylvania Employment: 8,650

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $23.70

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $49,290

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Pennsylvania Employment: 28,410

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $25.55

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $53,140

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Pennsylvania Employment: 2,090

Pennsylvania Hourly Mean Wage: $22.40

Pennsylvania Annual Mean Wage: $46,590

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