Staff Report

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is hiring transportation security officers (TSOs) to work at Santa Barbara Airport (SBA). There are 20 positions currently available at SBA, with pay starting at $18.85 per hour.

As an incentive, TSA will pay new TSOs at SBA $500 upon starting with the agency and $500 after one year of service with TSA. To qualify for the recruitment incentive, the employee must start with TSA between now and Sept. 30.

“TSA is actively looking to add to its team of security professionals to work at SBA,” said Anita Minaei, TSA federal security director. “In addition to a steady position with full benefits for all employees, new hires will receive the $1,000 incentive payment. Consider applying today to begin a fulfilling career with TSA.”

Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the fact that the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to the general public, TSA has accelerated its hiring efforts locally and nationally.

TSOs working at SBA are federal employees. Benefits include paid training, annual and sick leave, health care plans for full- and part-time employees and a retirement plan. TSA does not prorate benefits for part-time workers, and veteran’s preference is not required to join the agency.

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 about the duties of a TSO 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 locally and to apply, visit In the “Search TSA jobs” box, enter TSO in the search box to the left and “Santa Barbara, California” in the “location” search box to the right.