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Average Salary for United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Employees

The typical salary at United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is $45K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fluctuate depending on geography; your role at the company and how long you've been working also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Transportation Security Officer (25)
$29,580 - $44,221  
[-]Transportation Security Officer (25)
Salary$29,938 - $44,572  
Bonus$282.08 - $4,013  
Total Pay$29,580 - $44,221  
[+]Security Officer (13)
$27,638 - $48,536  
[+]Security Officer (13)
Salary$24,192 - $66,591  
Bonus$80.47 - $4,056  
Total Pay$27,638 - $48,536  
[+]Security Screener, Airline (10)
$20,059 - $44,698  
[+]Security Screener, Airline (10)
Salary$24,430 - $46,654  
Bonus$139.09 - $4,018  
Total Pay$20,059 - $44,698  
[+]Security Supervisor (6)
$33,722 - $80,695  
[+]Security Supervisor (6)
Salary$35,181 - $77,892  
Bonus$19.50 - $2,793  
Total Pay$33,722 - $80,695  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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At about $38K, Chicago is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in District of Columbia, where the average salary is $80K per year.


Program Analysts represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $105K — though Test Engineers, Personnel Security Specialists, and Security Supervisors also do fairly well at $85K, around $70K, and approximately $54K, respectively. Airline Security Screeners at United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $37K) at the company.

Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically $32K. A typical employee has five to nine years of experience and earns $45K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a General Management Certificate Holder certainly has its perks — salaries approach approximately $60K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Bigger paychecks are awarded to First Aid Administrators with credentials; these people typically earn around $42K per year. United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers who hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) are also well compensated, earning $84K on average.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Program Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of about $105K. A relatively widespread skill at United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is Security Policies and Procedures; one in seven of employees use it for work. Microsoft Excel, Security Risk Management, and Operations Management were also reported by many survey participants.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky few (two-fifths of workers) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. With an eye toward the future, United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a majority of workers have health insurance, and more than half of workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, flexible hours, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats

29 %
71 %
$31,647 - $78,208
$30,751 - $82,591
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

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