When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $18.00 per hour) can be spotted in Elmsford, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. ($14.75), Miami, Fla. (about $13.35), and Charleston, S.C. ($12.97) are the next top-paying cities. San Antonio, Texas is near the bottom for pay at around $10.19. By state, California offers the highest pay at $15.57 per hour.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Security Managers, Security Supervisors, Armed Security Officers, and Armed Security Guards; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $16.45 per hour, the other salaries come in at $14.25, about $13.59, and $13.31, respectively. G4S Security Services hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Security Guards ($11.11 on average).
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $12.27 per hour. The largest slice of the G4S Security Services workforce (35 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, around $13.23 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
BSIS Guard Card Certifications have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at approximately $15.22 per hour. G4S Security Services provides the highest financial reward to those with a B.A. in Criminal Justice — these employees rake in $14.86 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $17.34 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Security Policies and Procedures; on the survey, half of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Some other standard skills here are Scheduling, Customer Service, and Training.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in six respondents at G4S Security Services enjoy paid vacation time, and just 7 percent can take sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and a strong majority of workers use it to save for retirement. A majority of survey participants report having health insurance, and a majority of employees report having dental coverage. G4S Security Services folks also make good use of life insurance, flexible hours, a subsidized cell phone, and 401(a).