Public Safety Officers in the United States take home an average $14.94 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.57 per hour on the lower end to $21.56 on the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Public Safety Officers is high. Male Public Safety Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,388 - $63,116
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,259
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$10.57 - $21.56
(Median)
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,388 - $63,116  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,275  
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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$24,132 - $54,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $21.56  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $36.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,275  
   
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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$24,132 - $54,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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

  • 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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Compensation may take a strong hit for Public Safety Officers who move to positions like Security Officer. Security Officers usually 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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $32K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($31K) on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $41K on average.

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 22%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Public Safety Officer Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 13%

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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