Security Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $15.59 — though Security Supervisors, Security Officers, and Security Guards also do fairly well at around $14.41, $10.50, and about $9.61, respectively. Security Officers are among the lowest paid at $8.81.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make approximately $11.00. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home $9.41 per hour.
Median pay is highest in Atlanta ($15.50 per hour), followed by San Jose (about $13.00), San Antonio (around $11.13), and Tampa (approximately $9.66). Detroit is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $9.50. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Texas, where they average to about $13.37 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Being an Automated External Defibrillator Specialist certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $14.25 and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a First Aid Administrator is rewarded at $13.62 per hour. At US Security Associates, Inc., employees who hold a Some College receive the highest pay at approximately $15.00.
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 $15.61. Folks here also tend to know Security Policies and Procedures; on the survey, most of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Training, Customer Service, and Security Risk Management were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A third of workers have paid vacation, and only about one in ten workers can take paid time off for illness. Half participate in a 401(k) program. Half of workers report having health insurance, and nearly two in five workers report having dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, a company cell phone, and a casual working environment.