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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
48,320 0.4 % $ 22.30 $ 46,380 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Transportation Security Screeners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.91 $ 19.98 $ 21.86 $ 23.73 $ 26.86
Annual Wage (2) $ 39,330 $ 41,560 $ 45,470 $ 49,360 $ 55,870


Industry profile for Transportation Security Screeners:

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) 40,990 1.94 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.45 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 510 0.01 $ 23.25 $ 48,350
Scheduled Air Transportation 110 0.03 $ 25.61 $ 53,260
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 80 0.17 $ 15.25 $ 31,710

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) 40,990 1.94 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.45 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 80 0.17 $ 15.25 $ 31,710
Scheduled Air Transportation 110 0.03 $ 25.61 $ 53,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 510 0.01 $ 23.25 $ 48,350

Top paying industries for Transportation Security Screeners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services (8) (8) $ 26.70 $ 55,540
Scheduled Air Transportation 110 0.03 $ 25.61 $ 53,260
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 510 0.01 $ 23.25 $ 48,350
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 40,990 1.94 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Support Activities for Air Transportation 880 0.45 $ 17.16 $ 35,690


Geographic profile for Transportation Security Screeners:

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.



Map of employment of transportation security screeners by state, May 2021


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)
California 9,530 0.58 1.68 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Florida 5,690 0.66 1.93 $ 20.41 $ 42,440
Texas 3,880 0.32 0.92 $ 21.73 $ 45,190
New York 3,360 0.39 1.13 $ 22.31 $ 46,400
Illinois 1,950 0.35 1.01 $ 22.21 $ 46,200


Map of location quotient of transportation security screeners by state, May 2021


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 990 1.80 5.24 $ 22.28 $ 46,330
Alaska 440 1.50 4.37 $ 25.05 $ 52,100
Nevada 1,230 0.95 2.78 $ 20.45 $ 42,540
Florida 5,690 0.66 1.93 $ 20.41 $ 42,440
California 9,530 0.58 1.68 $ 25.01 $ 52,020


Map of annual mean wages of transportation security screeners by state, May 2021


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 440 1.50 4.37 $ 25.05 $ 52,100
California 9,530 0.58 1.68 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Massachusetts 1,050 0.31 0.90 $ 23.88 $ 49,660
Minnesota 660 0.24 0.71 $ 23.66 $ 49,220
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $ 23.47 $ 48,820



Map of employment of transportation security screeners by area, May 2021


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 3,930 0.45 1.32 $ 23.00 $ 47,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,740 0.65 1.91 $ 23.74 $ 49,380
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,630 1.07 3.13 $ 21.53 $ 44,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,930 0.86 2.51 $ 28.43 $ 59,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,480 0.41 1.20 $ 21.45 $ 44,620
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,360 1.16 3.37 $ 18.61 $ 38,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,330 0.51 1.49 $ 21.49 $ 44,700
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,200 0.41 1.21 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 1.12 $ 22.99 $ 47,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,060 0.69 2.03 $ 24.11 $ 50,150


Map of location quotient of transportation security screeners by area, May 2021


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)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 340 1.27 3.71 $ 19.87 $ 41,320
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,360 1.16 3.37 $ 18.61 $ 38,700
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,630 1.07 3.13 $ 21.53 $ 44,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,930 0.86 2.51 $ 28.43 $ 59,120
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 90 0.77 2.26 $ 18.21 $ 37,880
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,060 0.69 2.03 $ 24.11 $ 50,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,740 0.65 1.91 $ 23.74 $ 49,380
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 290 0.58 1.68 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 720 0.56 1.62 $ 20.20 $ 42,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,330 0.51 1.49 $ 21.49 $ 44,700


Map of annual mean wages of transportation security screeners by area, May 2021


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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,930 0.86 2.51 $ 28.43 $ 59,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,060 0.69 2.03 $ 24.11 $ 50,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 24.03 $ 49,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,000 0.39 1.13 $ 23.87 $ 49,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,740 0.65 1.91 $ 23.74 $ 49,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,200 0.41 1.21 $ 23.57 $ 49,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,930 0.45 1.32 $ 23.00 $ 47,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,120 0.38 1.12 $ 22.99 $ 47,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 740 0.28 0.82 $ 21.85 $ 45,440
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 610 0.34 0.98 $ 21.81 $ 45,370

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.01 5.86 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.65 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.19 $ 20.15 $ 41,900
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.07 $ 20.15 $ 41,920
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.27 $ 21.13 $ 43,960

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 200 2.01 5.86 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.65 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.27 $ 21.13 $ 43,960
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.19 $ 20.15 $ 41,900
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.10 $ 24.06 $ 50,040

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 200 2.01 5.86 $ 28.20 $ 58,650
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.10 $ 24.06 $ 50,040
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.08 0.23 $ 21.50 $ 44,710
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.27 $ 21.13 $ 43,960
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 1.65 $ 20.46 $ 42,550


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022