A breakdown of the $8.1 billion dollar budget of TSA for the fiscal year 2011 (that is $80 billion dollars over ten years):
Budget $ Millions Share
Aviation Security 4,809 71%
Federal Air Marshals 767 11%
Transportation Security Support & Intelligence 524 8%
Aviation Security Capital Fund 250 4%
Checkpoint Screening Security Fund 250 4%
Transportation Threat Assessment & Credentialing 164 2%
Surface Transportation Security 47 1%
Total 6,814 100%
The average salary for a TSO who works at airport security is $25,518 to $38,277 per year. Salaries of all TSA employees range from $17,083 to $155,500. This does NOT include locality pay (contiguous 48 states) or cost of living allowance (COLA) in Hawaii and Alaska. A few airports even have a retention bonus up to 35%. Employees can receive an annual uniform allowance and public transportation vouchers. Benefits include medical, dental and vision along with a federal retirement and pension plan.
THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A SCREENER INDICATE AMERICANS DON’T GET MUCH BANG FOR THEIR BUCK. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a U.S National, and have a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent. If an applicant does not have the education component, the applicant can qualify if he or she has at least one year experience as an X-ray technician, aviation screener or security officer.
Applicants are required to meet the following employment conditions:
• Demonstrate physical fitness to work on a daily basis without the aid of
• Work irregular hours and shifts, including holidays and weekends.
• Pass drug and alcohol screening tests.
• Pass background, criminal and credit checks.
WHO SAYS OSAMA BIN LADEN DIDN’T WIN THE WAR? JUST LOOK AT THE FALLOUT FROM HIS SPENDING NO MORE THAN $20,000 TO HIJACK THREE PLANES AND CRASH TWO OF THEM INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 9-11-01.