Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 200$19.00/hr$16.19/hr$18.58/hr$18.68/hr$19.03/hr$20.72/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration680$20.07/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -10-
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$18.67/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$18.68/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$18.68/hr-5.6%
Southeast Minnesota 20$18.66/hr-9.7%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$23.23/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$18.68/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$18.77/hr-17.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$18.86/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$18.68/hrN/A

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 2,920$14.65/hr-11.7%
Security Guards 10,700$15.88/hr4.1%
Psychiatric Aides 480$22.79/hrN/A

  • Test baggage for any explosive materials, using equipment such as explosive detection machines or chemical swab systems.
  • Ask passengers to remove shoes and divest themselves of metal objects prior to walking through metal detectors.
  • Send checked baggage through automated screening machines, and set bags aside for searching or rescreening as indicated by equipment.
  • Inspect checked baggage for signs of tampering.
  • Inspect carry-on items, using x-ray viewing equipment, to determine whether items contain objects that warrant further investigation.
  • Decide whether baggage that triggers alarms should be searched or should be allowed to pass through.
  • Perform pat-down or hand-held wand searches of passengers who have triggered machine alarms, who are unable to pass through metal detectors, or who have been randomly identified for such searches.
  • Monitor passenger flow through screening checkpoints to ensure order and efficiency.
  • Check passengers' tickets to ensure that they are valid, and to determine whether passengers have designations that require special handling, such as providing photo identification.
  • Direct passengers to areas where they can pick up their baggage after screening is complete.