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Public Safety Officer Salary

Median pay for Public Safety Officers in the United States is around $14.36 per hour. Male Public Safety Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Public Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,803 - $61,688
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,175
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50%
90%

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$10.01 - $21.54
(Median)
$10
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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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
$25,803 - $61,688  
   
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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$23,556 - $53,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate 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$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).
)
$23,556 - $53,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $31K. Public Safety Officers bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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 33%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%
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