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By Times Staff Writer
Published March 11, 2008

How much are airport screeners paid? Are they only paid minimum wage?

Transportation security officers, employees of the Transportation Security Administration, are paid according to their experience, length of service and other criteria. The TSA uses its own pay system instead of the federal GSA pay grades. TSOs typically start at a minimum salary of $23,836 with a maximum of $35,754 - considerably above minimum wage. TSOs are eligible for the same benefits as other federal employees, such as health insurance, vacation and sick leave, and a defined benefit retirement plan.

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