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  • MarDelVa96
    started a topic TSA (transportation security officer)

    TSA (transportation security officer)

    Have some questions regarding TSA transportation security officer positions.

    1. Does it provide you with a security clearance? If so, what level or kind.

    2. What room for advancement is there with this position?

  • invertedPanda
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    Not just overtime you have to account for. There is Sunday pay, holiday pay, and shift differential.

  • my93rx7tt
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    1 hour a day built in for OT and hazardous duty pay. I have heard they clamped down on haz pay but between haz and OT, never actually worked OT, I was making 90s. I think between haz pay and built in OT, it came to around 30k extra a year.

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  • Exbpa340
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    Originally posted by danger View Post
    I guess everything is relative. I made over 95k my first year with no experience in K9. Thats pretty good for a first year at an agency in my book.

    I have never been in the pay band system nor worked for TSA but my son does and I have had a couple of coworkers over the years that were prior FAMS. To my understanding the Transportation Security Specialist EDCH position is graded at pay band G and H. According to the 2017 TSA pay band chart band G starts at $40,958 and band H starts at $49,957. If you adjust for locality (I just picked 24 percent) the base pay would be at G = $50,787 and H = $61,946. I realize that there are upper limits to these bands but according to my son and couple of coworkers within band increases seldomly happen. Using San Francisco locality (39.28% - the highest in the nation) base pay at G = $57,046 and H = $69,580.

    So yes it is possible that someone in your position could earn around $95K in a year but that would require a substantial amount of OT (and an OT Waiver) and is unlikely (at least across the board). The I understand that many K9 positions guarantee the handler some OT to care for/train the pooch but, depending on your locality, your base pay could very well be less than half of the claimed $95K earnings. I think the current OT cap is $35k (there is talks of raising the cap to $45k) a year so one would need a waiver.

    Also keep in mind that TSP matching and high 3 are calculated using base pay only.


    I can see this being one of the better positions in TSA, outside of the FAMS, but it is compensated at a rate significantly lower than other similar positions in the Federal Government.
    Last edited by Exbpa340; 12-09-2018, 01:07 PM.

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  • J2H
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    I never wanted to be an 1811. I was happy being a DoD 0083. Now I am a 2151 (Dispatcher) (or will be effective 9 Dec).

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  • Evolution81
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    kmeich is mad he couldn't get into the feds and had to settle for nypd...ive been a fed leo for almost 4 years now....

  • Exbpa340
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    Danger... can you break that amount down...

    Pay band level?
    Base pay w/locality?
    Overtime?

    Here is a breakdown on pay for FAMS vs other Federal LEOs

    https://forum.officer.com/forum/empl...ed-fed-leo-pay

  • danger
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    I guess everything is relative. I made over 95k my first year with no experience in K9. Thats pretty good for a first year at an agency in my book.

  • SSG_MP
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    TsFost, you should also consider BOP. It’s pretty eaay to get hired, especially if you already have corrections background, and your credit is somewhat decent. Most important thing is that it is 6C, so it starts your clock, and pay isnt terrible.

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  • Kmiech
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    I understand what you are saying. But I am not a current CBPO. Just offering my two cents from my experience in federal LE and hiring.

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  • Exbpa340
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    There are many applicants and current LEOs that have no desire to be an 1811. At the federal level 1811s are the best compensated (besides USMS and other GS-12 1811s) but it is not for everyone. You are looking at things through the lens of an ex-TSO and current CBPO. CBP OFO is one of if not the least law enforcement minded covered positions in the federal government. Many years ago my end goal was to become a DUSM but luckily I never went that route and ended up in a position that I thoroughly enjoy and am compensated better (at least for now).

    There are very few entry level 1811 positions announced annually. A TSO without a college degree will have a very difficult time moving into an 1811 position. A CBPO or BPA could conceivably move over to an 1811 position a little easier.

  • Evolution81
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    delete me please
    Last edited by Evolution81; 11-24-2018, 12:25 PM. Reason: who cares.....lol

  • Kmiech
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    I started as a TSO 8 years ago but this clown saying he still in the process for CBP 13 years later. That’s a joke. The goal is always to get an 1811 position which CBP is not. Your experience now can get you a spout in USMS which is 1811 and can lead to any other 1811 position you want, ATF, HSI, DEA, etc. Good luck to you.

  • Kmiech
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    Also, you’ve been in with TSA for 13 years and still trying with CBP?? And that’s what you recommend? That’s a long time to wait for a half assed LE job

  • Kmiech
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    Yeah evolution what do you think you’ll be doing working as a CBPO?? Id rather be in court then stamping passports. It will take a long time before you’re kicking doors down for CBP. Maybe your whole career slash never

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