Public Safety Officer Salary

For Public Safety Officers, hourly average wages total $14.58 per hour. For the most part, Public Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Public Safety Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$26,229 - $62,645
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,175
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$10.06 - $21.34
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,229 - $62,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,138 - $53,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $21.34  
   
Overtime
$13.55 - $38.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,138 - $53,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Job Description for Public Safety Officer

  • Regularly file incident reports.
  • Respond to, investigate, and report suspicious incidents.
  • Patrol areas, watching for dangerous or criminal activity.
  • Direct traffic and provide crowd control.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Safety Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $31K on average. Public Safety Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $44K.

Public Safety Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Public Safety Officer?

Public Safety Officer in Flint:
"Good Job Except The Pay."
Pros: Working with people.
Cons: The short hours and the pay.

Public Safety Officer in Charlotte:
"Novant Health Public Safety Pros/Cons."
Pros: Novant Health presents a professional environment with plenty of job security when it comes to public safety. Immediate management is great and the pay is good.
Cons: Career ladder progression in this field is severely limited. 80% of pay progression will result in accepting positions within Novant Health, but outside of public safety.

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Experience Affects Public Safety Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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