Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
47,200 0.9 % $17.85 $37,130 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.30 $15.85 $17.71 $19.22 $21.47
Annual Wage (2) $29,740 $32,970 $36,850 $39,990 $44,650


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) 45,790 2.24 $17.94 $37,310
Support Activities for Air Transportation 500 0.31 $16.37 $34,050
Scheduled Air Transportation 180 0.04 $15.70 $32,650
Local Government (OES Designation) 160 0.00 $17.24 $35,860
Freight Transportation Arrangement 50 0.03 $13.38 $27,820

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) 45,790 2.24 $17.94 $37,310
Support Activities for Air Transportation 500 0.31 $16.37 $34,050
Scheduled Air Transportation 180 0.04 $15.70 $32,650
Freight Transportation Arrangement 50 0.03 $13.38 $27,820
Rail Transportation 30 0.01 $22.11 $45,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 30 0.01 $22.11 $45,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 45,790 2.24 $17.94 $37,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 160 (7) $17.24 $35,860
Support Activities for Air Transportation 500 0.31 $16.37 $34,050
Scheduled Air Transportation 180 0.04 $15.70 $32,650


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)
California 5,410 0.38 1.04 $18.64 $38,760
Florida 5,200 0.71 1.97 $17.69 $36,800
New York 3,720 0.44 1.20 $18.24 $37,940
Texas 3,640 0.34 0.95 $18.17 $37,790
Illinois 2,210 0.39 1.08 $18.25 $37,970




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 1,440 2.44 6.74 $15.82 $32,900
Nevada 1,300 1.15 3.19 $16.92 $35,200
Alaska 360 1.13 3.11 $20.92 $43,500
Montana 310 0.71 1.97 $16.88 $35,110
Florida 5,200 0.71 1.97 $17.69 $36,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 360 1.13 3.11 $20.92 $43,500
Rhode Island 160 0.35 0.97 $20.10 $41,810
New Hampshire 180 0.29 0.80 $19.30 $40,150
Connecticut 320 0.20 0.54 $19.12 $39,760
Maryland 620 0.25 0.68 $18.83 $39,170





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,990 0.58 1.60 $18.37 $38,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,750 0.71 1.96 $18.27 $38,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.54 1.50 $18.46 $38,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.59 1.62 $17.74 $36,910
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,330 1.33 3.68 $17.77 $36,950
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.32 3.65 $18.73 $38,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,210 0.53 1.47 $17.05 $35,460
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,160 1.15 3.17 $17.37 $36,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.44 1.21 $19.30 $40,150
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,090 0.64 1.76 $18.28 $38,020




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)
Honolulu, HI 950 2.19 6.04 $15.20 $31,610
Fairbanks, AK 70 1.89 5.22 $18.43 $38,330
Manchester, NH 170 1.72 4.73 $19.33 $40,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,330 1.33 3.68 $17.77 $36,950
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,090 1.33 3.67 $16.87 $35,090
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.32 3.65 $18.73 $38,960
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,050 1.19 3.29 $18.12 $37,690
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 840 1.17 3.22 $18.09 $37,620
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,160 1.15 3.17 $17.37 $36,130
Springfield, MA-CT 310 1.07 2.94 $19.10 $39,730




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.31 0.87 $21.14 $43,960
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.35 0.97 $20.34 $42,300
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 160 0.30 0.81 $20.10 $41,810
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 50 0.21 0.58 $19.99 $41,580
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.25 0.68 $19.77 $41,120
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.18 $19.62 $40,810
Manchester, NH 170 1.72 4.73 $19.33 $40,200
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,160 0.44 1.21 $19.30 $40,150
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 70 0.42 1.15 $19.26 $40,060
Anchorage, AK 150 0.88 2.42 $19.24 $40,010

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 / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 490 3.15 8.68 $17.03 $35,420
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.34 9.23 $24.10 $50,130
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 2.46 $16.68 $34,700
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.08 2.99 $19.96 $41,530
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 1.60 $17.16 $35,690

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.34 9.23 $24.10 $50,130
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 490 3.15 8.68 $17.03 $35,420
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.08 2.99 $19.96 $41,530
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 2.46 $16.68 $34,700
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 1.60 $17.16 $35,690

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 3.34 9.23 $24.10 $50,130
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.08 2.99 $19.96 $41,530
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.25 $17.22 $35,820
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.96 $17.18 $35,740
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 1.60 $17.16 $35,690


About May 2012 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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