FBI Recruiting Agents &
Security Officers Needed at Many Airports
Homeland Security continues to recruit Transportation Security Officers for
work in airports, but now increasing attention is being paid to security for
surface transportation as well.
TSO positions average salary between $31,203 and $44,576.
With the announcement of the expansion of the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) to new airports in addition to the existing ones the TSA
continues to hire in large numbers. While many Transportation Security Officers
(TSO’s) also known as Screeners enjoy high job satisfaction, some find the work
difficult. Long hours, frequent medium to heavy lifting and health-related
concerns from the use of equipment contribute to job fatigue in some workers.
The Agency recruits continually to maintain its ranks.
Work schedules can be demanding. The current vacancy announcement for
Screeners says the following about schedules: “Full-time work consists of
shift-work on any day from Sunday through Saturday, which may include irregular
hours, nights, holidays, overtime, extended shifts and weekend shifts, changing
shifts, and split shifts.”
Part-time / Full-time
Many Screener positions are filled by part-time workers.
Some Screeners maintain that exposure to the X-ray machines they use can
pose a health risk. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) management, on
the other hand, reports that the latest testing of the machines shows that the
risks fall within a safe range. This continues to be an area of controversy.
Earlier the TSA and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
reached agreement on a contract for TSO workers. The Union reported: “This
contract is focused on the issues important to officers across the nation’s
airports and will provide for increased uniformity, transparency and fair
treatment. This agreement will also strengthen officers’ ability to carry out
TSA’s vital mission of protecting the American people by fostering a
family-friendly workplace where the employees have greater job satisfaction and
feel supported in performing their important security work.”
Salary and Benefits
Salaries for Security Screeners vary by location but are generally in the
range of $31,203 to $ 44,576 and can sometimes go as high as $86,630. Part time
work is paid at the same hourly rate as full time work. Locality pay adjustments
apply in many locations in some cases boosting the salary by up to 25%. In
addition the Screeners will be Federal workers and will receive most Federal
benefits. These include access to Federal health care and retirement systems.
However, they will not be eligible for Federal holidays.
At any given time job candidates can apply for a position at an airport with
an opening or they may check the listings regularly and wait for an opening to
occur at a facility near them. A list of current opening
appears on this site
The TSA describes the job of Screener as follows: “Implements
security-screening procedures that are central to Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) objectives and that will serve to protect the traveling
public by preventing any deadly or dangerous objects from being transported onto
an aircraft. Assists in conducting screening of passengers, baggage and cargo.
May be required to conduct screening at any airport that provides commercial
services to the public. Assists in monitoring the flow of passengers through the
screening checkpoint to facilitate the orderly and efficient processing of
passengers. Maintains close communication with supervisors regarding any issues
that might reveal a weakness or vulnerable area of security screening that is
discovered in the course of screening duties. Participates in information
briefings concerning security-sensitive or classified information."
• Ability to learn the theories, dynamics, and factors underlying the
aviation screening process to enable authoritative and independent handling of
• Ability to learn to operate basic security equipment such as X-ray machines
and hand wands at screening checkpoints
• Ability to work with persons of diverse backgrounds
• Ability to communicate non-technical information effectively to others
Originally workers were required to be high school graduates. However, the
high school diploma requirement has since been lifted in order to expedite
recruitment. Now applicants can qualify with one year of security work, or work
with an X-ray machine. To qualify applicants must also:
• Be a U.S. Citizen.
• Have adequate joint mobility, dexterity and range of motion, strength, and
stability to repeatedly lift and carry up to 70 pounds; and
• Be able to read, speak, and write English.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to a
pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying these
positions will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing. They must pass
the Screener Assessment Battery. This is a series of tests that evaluate for
English proficiency, aptitude for X-ray interpretation and for dealing in a
positive way with the public.
Stringent Background Check
Job candidates for the Screener position will be required to undergo a
stringent background investigation. Consequently candidates should not expect to
begin work for many months after they apply. Candidates will not be eligible if
• Defaulted on $7,500 or more in debt (excluding certain circumstances of
• Owe any delinquent Federal or State taxes, or
• Owe any past due child support payments.
Women may have an advantage in some locations due to the need for female
screeners who can perform gender based pat downs.
No Age Restriction
Although almost all Federal law enforcement positions are restricted by age
requiring that applicants be no older than 37 at the time of appointment. This
age restriction does not apply to the Screener workforce because Screeners are
not required to carry firearms.
How To Apply
Interested job candidates can apply on-line or by mail. The on-line
application is preferred.
To receive a mail-in package contact TSA:
By phone: 1-877-872-7990
By email: Helpdesk@tsa-hraccess.com
Candidates should review the
Job Announcements applications on-line
and click on the Job Title to display
the Job Announcement itself and then click “Apply On-Line” at the bottom of the
page. Candidates can learn more about application procedures
Other TSA Positions
The TSA also regularly posts announcements for the following positions.
Criminal Investigator- (SV-1811)
$108,104 to $167,567. Duties described in a
recent opening include: “Leading high level special projects, policy studies,
initiatives and change efforts of a special and sensitive nature; analyzing and
interpreting policies, procedures, and precedents, and developing a range of
alternatives for consideration of the AA/DAA that address highly complex
IT Specialist- (SV-2210)
$74,123 to $140,164. Duties described in a recent
opening include: “Monitoring contractors and other service providers including
local IT Specialists and area Customer Service Managers to support the
implementation of projects.”
How to Apply
Candidates interested in other security positions at TSA can begin by
scanning the jobs listed on this website. Candidates can also visit the
TSA career page