TSA hiring security screening officers to work at Pago Pago International Airport

Local Press Release
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

TAFUNA, American Samoa - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is hiring Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to work at Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) in American Samoa. There are currently three positions available and the starting salary is $21.13 per hour.

As an added incentive, TSA is offering newly-hired TSOs $500 upon starting with the agency and $500 after one year of service with TSA.

“TSA is actively recruiting individuals to join our local team of security professionals at Pago Pago International Airport. This is an excellent opportunity to join the federal government and begin a rewarding career,” said TSA acting Federal Security Director for PPG Scot Thaxton. “TSA offers a competitive compensation package, outstanding benefits, flexible work schedules and the ability to pursue a meaningful career while protecting the nation’s transportation system. Please consider joining our team.”

TSA will be participating in the Federal Pathways Open House on Wednesday, August 10 at the National Weather Service Compound in Tafuna. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

At the open house, interested individuals will be able to meet with current TSA employees, learn more about applying to become a TSO and the steps it takes to be hired.

In order to be considered for employment, candidates will need to complete a medical evaluation, federal drug screening and a pre-hire background investigation. Applicants must be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen or national and have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.

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TSOs at PPG are federal employees. Benefits include paid training, annual and sick leave, comprehensive health care plans for full- and part-time employees and a generous 401k retirement plan. TSOs are also eligible for up to $5,000 per year in college tuition reimbursement. TSA does not prorate benefits for part-time workers, and veteran’s preference is not required to join the agency.

TSA officers screen hundreds of airline travelers weekly, ensuring that they arrive at their destinations safely and securely. Applicants do not need previous experience working in security or law enforcement fields.

After six months, TSOs are eligible for pay increases and those who work early mornings, evenings and Sundays receive a shift differential. Overtime opportunities, which are paid at time and a half, are frequently available.

TSA is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 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.