Crossing guards
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Overview
Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for crossing guards are expected to grow by 9%, and should have about 14,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Workforce size
Crossing guards, with 74,300 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
Only 4% of crossing guards have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by crossing guards
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer crossing guards have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 88% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for crossing guards. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most crossing guards.
This job's median $29KAll jobs' median $39K$26K$38K20142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 40% of crossing guards -- that's a larger percentage than 54% of other jobs.
Gender of crossing guards
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women crossing guards actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 31% of crossing guards are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of crossing guards
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Crossing Guards per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 47% of crossing guards, and 48% have company-sponsored health insurance (11% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for crossing guards
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of crossing guards who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (85%)
  • Consequence of Error (74%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (50%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (46%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (42%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do crossing guards earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for crossing guards, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for crossing guards compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for crossing guards (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all crossing guards, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for crossing guards compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for crossing guards (ACS Salary Data)
$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where crossing guards work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Crossing guards (ACS)
Private for-profit (62.4%)
Private not-for-profit (1.5%)
Local government (25.1%)
State government (8.9%)
Federal government (1.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of crossing guards by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$29K$25K$37K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Local governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of crossing guards by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$29K$28K$30K$35K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for crossing guards

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Crossing guards and gender

With 40% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 54% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Crossing guards
Men (60%)
Women (40%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, in crossing guards, the median salary for women is 14% higher than the median salary for men. There are only 19 other jobs in which the median women's salary exceeds the median men's salary. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$30K$27K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of crossing guards

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority crossing guards than for 91% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of crossing guards
White (64% )
Black (24% )
Other (6% )
American Indian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
Asian (1% )
Multiracial (1% )
Pacific Islander (1% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for crossing guards by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for crossing guards by nativity
$27K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by crossing guards

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), crossing guards typically hold no formal educational credential.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as crossing guards as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for crossing guards.

Education attained by crossing guards
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for crossing guards? Below we see the distribution of crossing guards salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as crossing guards, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$26K$27K$40K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KHigh School (48%)Some College (24%)Associate's Degree (7%)
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for crossing guards

What jobs will most crossing guards hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of crossing guards reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Crossing guardsCashiersTeacher assistantsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersPersonal care aidesPostal service mail carriersChildcare workersAccountants and auditorsDriver/sales workers and truck driversSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersPolice officersHairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologistsCouriers and messengersPackaging and filling machine operatorsSupervisors of transportation and material moving workersCarpentersFirst-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for crossing guards

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 5 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as crossing guards as well as 1% of respondents after working as crossing guards. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for crossing guards
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
Childcare workers
202,700
$0$200K$20K
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
159,200
$0$200K$29K
Teacher assistants
148,000
$0$200K$21K
Police officers
49,900
$0$200K$62K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for crossing guards: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as crossing guards? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of crossing guards surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for crossing guards
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Waiters and waitresses
522,900
$0$200K$21K
1.4%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
1.2%
Stock clerks and order fillers
269,400
$0$200K$26K
2.0%
Childcare workers
202,700
$0$200K$20K
1.2%
Elementary and middle school teachers
164,300
$0$200K$51K
1.1%
Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
159,200
$0$200K$29K
2.9%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
2.4%
Teacher assistants
148,000
$0$200K$21K
1.8%
Hand packers and packagers
108,600
$0$200K$21K
2.5%
Police officers
49,900
$0$200K$62K
2.0%
Electrical and electronics engineers
23,100
$0$200K$93K
1.1%
Crossing guards
14,500
$0$200K$29K
53.2%
Bridge and lock tenders, traffic technicians, and other transportation workers
6,000
$0$200K$40K
1.2%
Railroad conductors and yardmasters
3,700
$0$200K$68K
1.0%
No occupation
19.0%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for crossing guards
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 88% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for crossing guards. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for crossing guards are anticipated to grow by 9% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 57% of other jobs.

The projected employment for crossing guards is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most crossing guards? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as crossing guards. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Crossing Guards per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where crossing guards earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for crossing guards compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for crossing guards.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Crossing Guards to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which crossing guards earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Crossing guards (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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