Public Safety Officer Salary
Public Safety Officers in the United States take home an average $14.94 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.57 per hour on the lower end to $21.56 on the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Public Safety Officers is high. Male Public Safety Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Public Safety Officer
Public safety officers generally perform physical tasks such as patrolling a specific area, protecting specific properties, and protecting individuals. These officers must be able to stay mentally calm and collected to ensure that difficult situations do not escalate to violent or physical altercations, and they must also be able to act quickly in such situations to maintain the peace. No specific education or certificates are required for this position, though basic training is necessary to mentally and physically prepare applicants for this position.Read More...
Public safety officers must be attentive and on high-alert at all times during their shifts, and tools such as intercoms/walkie-talkies may be used to communicate with other officers as needed. Incidents must be reported to their supervisors or a chief officer, and some are assigned weapons such as a baton, mace, electric taser, or even a small handgun if necessary.
Public safety officers may work indoors or outdoors depending on the particular area they are assigned to protect, and they also work with other public safety officers to uphold safety. They work as long as necessary for an area to be deemed safe and sound, which could involve full day or night shifts.
Public Safety Officer Tasks
- 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.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($31K) on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.