TSA hiring officers at Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse Airports

TSA offering $1,000 hiring bonus if on board by end of September
Local Press Release
Thursday, May 27, 2021
A TSA officer at Albany International Airport. (TSA photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking to hire TSA officers at Syracuse Hancock International, Albany International and Buffalo-Niagara International Airports within the next few months.  

Individuals who on-board before September 30 will receive a $500 bonus and an additional $500 bonus after one year of service within TSA.

TSA officers screen thousands of airline travelers daily, ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. TSA expects to screen a greater volume of travelers regularly by summer and needs additional officers to support its security mission.

Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening operations in Upstate New York airports in addition to many of the agency’s other airports nationwide. Most of the openings are for part-time employees.

Officer at checkpoint photo
A TSA officer at Albany Airport checkpoint. (TSA photo)

Benefits of working at TSA for both part- and full-time employees include paid training, annual and sick leave and strong health care plans. TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including military veterans and persons with disabilities. Starting pay differs slightly in each area due to locality pay initiatives. Hourly starting pay for Albany is $16.48 an hour; $16.51 per hour in Syracuse; and $17.11 per hour in Buffalo. TSA offers part-time employees opportunities for pay increases after six months.  

“Applicants do not need previous experience working in security or law enforcement fields. Our officers will receive extensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and they are paid while undergoing training,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airports in Upstate New York.

 “The TSA was created after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, and by joining the TSA you be on the front line of protecting the travelling public and you will also be part of our national security enterprise,” Johnson added.  

For more information on the duties of a TSA officer and to learn a little more about TSA’s mission, a video titled “Day in the Life of a TSO” is available. To view open positions for TSA officers around the country, visit https://jobs.tsa.gov/transport-security-officer.