Public Safety Officer Salary

Pay for Public Safety Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.54 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Male Public Safety Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most Public Safety Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,209 - $62,489
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,308
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$10.22 - $21.76
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,209 - $62,489  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
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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$24,225 - $54,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $21.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.13 - $38.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $964  
   
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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$24,225 - $54,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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.

Common Career Paths for Public Safety Officer


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For Public Safety Officers, a move to the Security Officer role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Security Officers typically make $25K.

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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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Safety Officers make a median salary of $36K. Public Safety Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $41K.

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 20%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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