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Public Safety Officer Salary (United States)

Average Public Safety Officers in the United States make around $14.32 per hour. For the most part, Public Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. There are far more male Public Safety Officers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent.
Public Safety Officer Salary (?
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$26,003 - $58,723
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MEDIAN: $40,230
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Public Safety Officer Salary (?
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$9.91 - $21.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,003 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
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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$23,274 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $21.65  
   
Overtime
$10.44 - $38.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
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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$23,274 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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.
Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($31K) on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $42K.

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 27%
Entry-Level
up arrow 1%
Experienced
up arrow 1%
National Average
$33,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 13%