Top 8 union jobs

About 12% of U.S. workers were union members last year. Here are 8 of the most heavily unionized jobs.

Firefighters and police officers

gallery top 7 union jobs local state
Rescue personnel and police work to clean up Staten Island, New York after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the east coast.

About 1.1 million protective services workers -- cops, firefighters, corrections officers and security guards -- are union members, accounting for 35% of the entire occupation.

For these workers, the pay gap can be huge between a non-union and union job.

Union workers make about $1,008 a week, and non-union workers make $627, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Major unions: International Union of Police Associations; International Association of Fire Fighters

- Last updated December 12 2012 08:19 AM ET

Mortgage & Savings

Sponsored Lending News