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Arlington, VA
10000+ employees
Federal Agencies
Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
No, you don't have to remove your shoes to view this record (unless you really want to). Charged with protecting the nation's transportation system, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) manages aviation security, surface ... Read more

Mission: Protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) – Why Work For Us?


An agile security agency, embodied by a professional workforce, that engages its partners and the American people to outmatch a dynamic threat.

Core Values

Integrity. Respect. Commitment.

Workforce Expectations

Hard work. Professionalism. Integrity.


On the morning of September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The attacks resulted in the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, designed to prevent similar attacks in the future. Driven by a desire to help our nation, tens of thousands of people joined TSA and committed themselves to strengthening our transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce.

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, passed by the 107th Congress and signed on November 19, 2001, established TSA.

Be a part of a team whose mission is to protect the nation's transportation systems through counterterrorism efforts.

More than 2 million passengers are screened every day by a highly trained TSA workforce to ensure the security of the traveling public. TSA is a great place to start, build and expand your career. From law enforcement to technology to security operations and management, TSA continues to look for dedicated people with the skills and desire to protect transportation security.

TSA comprises nearly 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals and managers who protect the nation’s transportation systems by screening for explosives at airport checkpoints, inspecting rail cars, patrolling subways with law enforcement partners, and working to make all modes of transportation safe. There are more than 450 locations nationwide including field offices, airports and at headquarters in Virginia.

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Reviews

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    "Being a TSO is a good job"

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    I have been working at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) full-time (More than a year)


    Great pay with no college education required.
    Plenty of vacation days.
    Ample OT offerings, you can work 60+ hours a week and make a really nice check if you feel like it.
    The days go by fast because there are a lot of busy hours.


    Only get a bump in pay the first year as it's not the gs scale like most government jobs.
    Horrible hours as airport opens at 4am and you have to be there.
    Takes a while to get a weekend off shift.
    Constant testing to assure you are doing your job.

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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Photos

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) photo of: TSA Headquarters (Photo thanks to Flickr user jbpics4u All rights reserved.)
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) photo of: Instead of me training/working, they would have me move bulk items from building to building with my business casual attire.
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) photo of: IAD
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) photo of: Inside the terminal
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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (Baltimore, MD) in September 2015.


    The hiring process took about six months for me, but that was mostly because of the long security clearance process. After applying, it took about a month to be invited for an interview. After interviewing, I had an offer within a week. I believe that if one comes in with a clearance in hand, the process is much faster.

    Interview Questions

    • This was a typical, structured interview with two interviewers. Both were personable, and the questions, I believe, were standard.   1 Answer
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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Awards & Accolades

  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the East, Latinos For Hire, 2012
  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the Southwest, Latinos For Hire, 2012
  • Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work for, Latinos for Hire, 2008
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