Public Safety Officer Salary

Public Safety Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.54 per hour. The majority of Public Safety Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Public Safety Officers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,229 - $62,645
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,175
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$10.07 - $20.61
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,229 - $62,645  
   
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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$24,157 - $52,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $20.61  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $36.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$24,157 - $52,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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. For Public Safety Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. 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 32%

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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