Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
42,750 0.4 % $19.31 $40,160 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.06 $17.45 $19.08 $20.47 $22.74
Annual Wage (2) $33,410 $36,300 $39,680 $42,570 $47,300


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40,900 2.02 $19.35 $40,250
Investigation and Security Services 600 0.07 $13.28 $27,620
Local Government (OES Designation) 340 0.01 $18.21 $37,880
Support Activities for Air Transportation 300 0.15 $17.55 $36,500
Rail Transportation 130 0.06 $45.70 $95,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40,900 2.02 $19.35 $40,250
Support Activities for Air Transportation 300 0.15 $17.55 $36,500
Investigation and Security Services 600 0.07 $13.28 $27,620
Rail Transportation 130 0.06 $45.70 $95,060
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $18.83 $39,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 130 0.06 $45.70 $95,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40,900 2.02 $19.35 $40,250
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $19.22 $39,970
Scheduled Air Transportation 100 0.02 $18.83 $39,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 340 0.01 $18.21 $37,880


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 5,090 0.62 2.03 $18.73 $38,950
California 4,600 0.29 0.95 $20.36 $42,350
New York 3,590 0.40 1.30 $19.43 $40,420
Texas 3,420 0.29 0.96 $19.62 $40,810
Illinois 2,260 0.38 1.26 $19.42 $40,390




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,020 1.62 5.31 $18.73 $38,950
Alaska 420 1.29 4.25 $19.52 $40,600
Nevada 1,170 0.92 3.04 $18.15 $37,750
Florida 5,090 0.62 2.03 $18.73 $38,950
Virginia 1,700 0.45 1.48 $19.25 $40,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 150 0.32 1.05 $20.79 $43,250
New Hampshire 140 0.22 0.71 $20.66 $42,980
Connecticut 240 0.15 0.48 $20.67 $42,980
California 4,600 0.29 0.95 $20.36 $42,350
New Jersey 1,330 0.34 1.10 $20.18 $41,970





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.56 1.82 $20.16 $41,930
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.54 1.78 $19.60 $40,770
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.35 4.42 $18.69 $38,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.51 1.69 $22.12 $46,000
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.07 3.53 $20.26 $42,130
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,070 0.59 1.94 $19.36 $40,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,050 0.36 1.18 $21.11 $43,910
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 930 0.79 2.60 $18.59 $38,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 920 0.48 1.56 $18.92 $39,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 780 0.88 2.88 $19.29 $40,120




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 190 2.57 8.44 $17.88 $37,190
Fairbanks, AK 70 1.83 6.02 $18.54 $38,570
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.35 4.42 $18.69 $38,880
Anchorage, AK 220 1.27 4.16 $19.21 $39,950
Urban Honolulu, HI 580 1.26 4.13 $19.14 $39,820
Manchester, NH 140 1.23 4.04 $20.71 $43,070
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.07 3.53 $20.26 $42,130
New Bern, NC 40 0.98 3.22 $20.25 $42,120
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 240 0.95 3.13 $18.87 $39,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 780 0.88 2.88 $19.29 $40,120




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 40 0.12 0.39 $22.29 $46,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.51 1.69 $22.12 $46,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.25 0.83 $21.94 $45,640
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.27 0.88 $21.93 $45,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.17 0.55 $21.46 $44,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,050 0.36 1.18 $21.11 $43,910
Portland-South Portland, ME 70 0.37 1.21 $20.92 $43,520
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.16 $20.91 $43,500
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 150 0.27 0.88 $20.79 $43,250
Manchester, NH 140 1.23 4.04 $20.71 $43,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 250 2.62 8.61 $18.40 $38,270
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.59 8.49 $19.70 $40,980
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 1.65 $17.32 $36,030
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.16 $18.70 $38,890
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.51 $18.41 $38,300

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 250 2.62 8.61 $18.40 $38,270
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.59 8.49 $19.70 $40,980
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 1.65 $17.32 $36,030
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 1.62 $22.79 $47,390
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.51 $18.41 $38,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 1.62 $22.79 $47,390
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.22 $42,060
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.59 8.49 $19.70 $40,980
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.16 $18.70 $38,890
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 1.10 $18.42 $38,320


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles