The average pay for a Bodyguard is $65,241 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$43,828 - $99,148
(Median)
$44K
$65K
$99K
MEDIAN: $65,240
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90%

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$14.66 - $49.23
(Median)
$15
$25
$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,828 - $99,148  
   
Bonus
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$32,466 - $102,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $49.23  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$10,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,466 - $102,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Bodyguard

Bodyguards, also known as "close protection officers," are responsible for protecting a person or persons (usually celebrities, important government officials, wealthy individuals, and others) from dangerous situations such as assassination, kidnapping, harassment, theft, and so on. Bodyguards also include Secret Service officers who protect the President and high-level government officials. Those in this position must be loyal, honest, trustworthy, and able to maintain confidentiality, and bodyguards working for high-level government officials must also have security clearance.

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Bodyguard Tasks

  • Provide crowd control.
  • Observe location and situations for potential dangers.
  • Ensure safety of client.
  • Ensure areas are kept secure and all personnel have been approved.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bodyguard

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Bodyguard Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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