When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $18.00 per hour) can be spotted in Elmsford, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. (around $14.75), Miami, Fla. ($13.50), and Atlanta, Ga. ($12.14) are the next top-paying cities. San Antonio, Texas ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $10.19, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across G4S Security Services' U.S. offices, employees in the state of New York earn the most, taking home $15.43 per hour.
The highest average salaries go to Payroll Specialists, who bring in close to around $18.00 per hour, though Security Supervisors are not far behind at $14.64 along with Armed Security Officers ($14.20) and Armed Security Guards (approximately $13.31). Financial compensation for Security Guards is rather low — on average only $11.36 — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $12.25 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of G4S Security Services employees (38 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn $13.18 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Concealed Weapons Permits receive bigger paychecks (about $18.16 per hour) than those without credentials. It pays to have a B.A. in Criminal Justice at G4S Security Services — these employees make the most at $14.86 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Operations Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $16.47 per hour. Security Policies and Procedures is a popular skill among G4S Security Services workers, with more than two-fifths of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Customer Service, Scheduling, and Security Risk Management.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
One in seven workers have paid vacation, and only about 7 percent can take paid time off for illness. A solid majority of respondents set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Perks cover health insurance for a majority of employees and dental coverage for the larger part of workers. Other privileges include life insurance, flexible hours, a subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).