Virginia’s geographic location and heavy industrial base makes homeland security precautions an important part of the state’s government and industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for a number of homeland security occupations in Virginia. The 2012 median salaries for some key professions in this field are listed below, followed by the average salary for those in the top 10th wage percentile.
In some cases, the salaries for homeland security professionals were higher outside of the major cities in Virginia. The median salaries for the supervisors of protective service workers were higher for the state overall than in the major cities of Virginia.
Information security analysts in the northeastern nonmetropolitan area of the state had a median salary of $105,900 with the top earners averaging $146,040. This median salary was higher than that found in the major cities of Virginia.
Salaries were higher for explosive workers in the Washington/Arlington/Alexandria metropolitan area than for the state as a whole. Such professionals earned a median salary of $55,190 with those in the top 10th percentile making $66,190 a year.
Transportation security screeners made similar wages throughout Virginia, although experienced professionals in Roanoke earned slightly more. The salary for those in the top 10th percentile field in this city was $44,580.
The information shown in these tables was furnished by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and represents salary data for many of the different homeland security jobs one could find in Virginia’s major cities.