Earnings for Public Safety Officers in the United States come in at around $14.87 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $10.89 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.75. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Public Safety Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Male Public Safety Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,555 - $62,470
$29K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,751
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$10.89 - $21.75
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,555 - $62,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,840  
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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$24,398 - $54,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $21.75  
   
Overtime
$16.03 - $36.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,840  
   
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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$24,398 - $54,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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.

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Public Safety Officer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Public Safety Officer


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Public Safety Officers may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Security Officer position, where pay tends to be around $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.


Public Safety Officers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $33K. Public Safety Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Public Safety Officer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
028
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Public Safety Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Public Safety Officer Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 15%

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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