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Public Safety Officer Salary

Public Safety Officers in the United States take home an average $14.36 per hour. Job satisfaction for Public Safety Officers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Public Safety Officers (81 percent) survey respondents are men.

$26,643 - $60,464
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,335
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$10.01 - $21.54
(Median)
$10
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,643 - $60,464  
   
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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$23,536 - $52,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $21.54  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $38.23  
National Annualized 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.
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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).
)
$23,536 - $52,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $34K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $31K. Public Safety Officers see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 32%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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