The average wage for a Security Guard is $10.19 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Security Guard Total Pay (?
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$17,576 - $51,309
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,345
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Security Guard Total Pay (?
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$8.20 - $14.46
(Median)
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,576 - $51,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $784  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,107  
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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$17,224 - $33,776  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,539
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.20 - $14.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.58  
Overtime
$10.22 - $21.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $784  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,107  
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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$17,224 - $33,776  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,539
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Job Description for Security Guard
A security guard is responsible for performing regular security checks throughout the premises to prevent safety violations, theft, property damage or unauthorized access to the site. The security guard will also welcome guests and other visitors by giving requested or necessary information regarding the site as well as the surrounding areas.
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Security Guard Tasks
  • Respond to alarms and emergency situations.
  • Make periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment.
  • Greet incoming guests and tenants, providing information regarding the site and surrounding area as requested by visitors.
  • Guard and monitor premises to prevent theft, property destruction, violence or rules and safety violations.
  • Perform fire prevention, safety and maintenance tasks and parking/traffic enforcement.
Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Washington
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Austin
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Baltimore
up arrow 12%
Las Vegas
up arrow 12%
Denver
up arrow 11%
Columbus
up arrow 9%
Sacramento
up arrow 6%
Chicago
up arrow 5%
Dallas
up arrow 1%
Phoenix
up arrow 1%
Houston
0%
National Average
$22,000
Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$22,000
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 312 votes.
Gender
Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 55%
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