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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

33-9093 Transportation Security Screeners

Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.


National estimates for Transportation Security Screeners
Industry profile for Transportation Security Screeners
Geographic profile for Transportation Security Screeners

National estimates for Transportation Security Screeners: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Transportation Security Screeners:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,850 0.7 % $ 21.60 $ 44,920 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Transportation Security Screeners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.83 $ 19.39 $ 21.30 $ 23.05 $ 25.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,090 $ 40,330 $ 44,300 $ 47,950 $ 53,540


Industry profile for Transportation Security Screeners: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Transportation Security Screeners are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Transportation Security Screeners, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Transportation Security Screeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 42,940 2.06 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Investigation and Security Services 1,400 0.15 (8) (8)
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,360 0.66 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 480 0.01 $ 20.75 $ 43,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Transportation Security Screeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 42,940 2.06 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,360 0.66 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Investigation and Security Services 1,400 0.15 (8) (8)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 480 0.01 $ 20.75 $ 43,160

Top paying industries for Transportation Security Screeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 42,940 2.06 $ 21.64 $ 45,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 480 0.01 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Freight Transportation Arrangement (8) (8) $ 20.26 $ 42,150
Support Activities for Air Transportation 1,360 0.66 $ 18.88 $ 39,270
Scheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $ 15.99 $ 33,250


Geographic profile for Transportation Security Screeners: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Transportation Security Screeners are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Transportation Security Screeners, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Transportation Security Screeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 5,830 0.69 2.05 $ 20.42 $ 42,470
Texas 4,100 0.34 1.01 $ 21.40 $ 44,510
New York 3,580 0.41 1.22 $ 21.49 $ 44,700
Illinois 1,990 0.35 1.05 $ 21.55 $ 44,820
Virginia 1,700 0.46 1.36 $ 20.93 $ 43,540




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Security Screeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,110 1.93 5.74 $ 22.58 $ 46,970
Alaska 400 1.36 4.05 $ 25.75 $ 53,550
Nevada 1,180 0.94 2.79 $ 20.06 $ 41,730
Montana 410 0.90 2.67 $ 20.73 $ 43,120
Florida 5,830 0.69 2.05 $ 20.42 $ 42,470




Top paying states for Transportation Security Screeners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 400 1.36 4.05 $ 25.75 $ 53,550
North Dakota 150 0.36 1.08 $ 24.99 $ 51,990
Washington 1,280 0.40 1.19 $ 23.85 $ 49,610
New Hampshire 90 0.14 0.42 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
Connecticut 240 0.16 0.47 $ 22.86 $ 47,540





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Transportation Security Screeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,090 0.46 1.37 $ 22.10 $ 45,970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,660 1.06 3.15 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,610 0.45 1.33 $ 22.25 $ 46,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,730 0.40 1.18 $ 21.88 $ 45,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,640 0.46 1.36 $ 20.96 $ 43,590
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,380 1.16 3.43 $ 19.03 $ 39,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,310 0.50 1.47 $ 21.03 $ 43,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,280 0.42 1.26 $ 22.84 $ 47,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,210 0.41 1.21 $ 22.81 $ 47,450
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,030 1.15 3.40 $ 20.04 $ 41,690




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Security Screeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 190 2.88 8.55 $ 25.53 $ 53,110
Panama City, FL 180 2.41 7.16 $ 18.67 $ 38,820
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.17 6.44 $ 27.13 $ 56,420
Urban Honolulu, HI 620 1.50 4.46 $ 20.69 $ 43,030
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 330 1.25 3.71 $ 19.40 $ 40,360
Anchorage, AK 200 1.20 3.56 $ 21.91 $ 45,580
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,380 1.16 3.43 $ 19.03 $ 39,590
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,030 1.15 3.40 $ 20.04 $ 41,690
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,660 1.06 3.15 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Missoula, MT 50 0.91 2.71 $ 20.76 $ 43,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for Transportation Security Screeners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 70 2.17 6.44 $ 27.13 $ 56,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 320 0.29 0.86 $ 26.38 $ 54,880
Bismarck, ND 40 0.53 1.57 $ 25.85 $ 53,770
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 190 2.88 8.55 $ 25.53 $ 53,110
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.29 0.86 $ 25.32 $ 52,660
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 950 0.49 1.44 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 0.11 0.34 $ 24.78 $ 51,550
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 30 0.30 0.90 $ 23.75 $ 49,400
Manchester, NH 80 0.76 2.27 $ 23.68 $ 49,260
Salinas, CA 30 0.17 0.52 $ 23.41 $ 48,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Transportation Security Screeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 3.17 9.40 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 4.15 $ 30.48 $ 63,400
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.66 1.97 $ 20.18 $ 41,980
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 1.95 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 1.31 $ 20.40 $ 42,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Transportation Security Screeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 3.17 9.40 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 4.15 $ 30.48 $ 63,400
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.66 1.97 $ 20.18 $ 41,980
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 1.95 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 1.31 $ 20.40 $ 42,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Transportation Security Screeners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.40 4.15 $ 30.48 $ 63,400
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 3.17 9.40 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 1.16 $ 24.62 $ 51,210
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.30 $ 24.00 $ 49,920
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.87 $ 21.87 $ 45,490


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021