Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States can expect wages of $10.38 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.36 per hour and $14.93. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Though the majority of Security Guards do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. There are far more male Security Guards survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. While slightly more than half report receiving no health benefits, just over a half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one in three have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$18,553 - $50,149
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $28,538
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$8.36 - $14.93
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$8
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,553 - $50,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $900  
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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$17,639 - $34,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $14.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.42  
Overtime
$10.14 - $22.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $900  
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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$17,639 - $34,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,183
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Job Description for Security Guard

Security guards provide low-level protection for companies and organizations which usually involves patrolling the premises, either by foot or in a company vehicle (of course, a valid driver’s license is required in order to drive company vehicles). Security guards patrol for suspicious or dangerous activity that might be detrimental to the safety of the facility or any people present. If a person at or in the facility is in violation of particular rules or policies, the guard must correct the situation.

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Guard


Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., G4S Security Services, Guardsmark, Llc., and US Security Associates, Inc. are top-notch employers for Security Guards in this area. Security Guards seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Universal Protections Services, where the median salary comes to $26K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($20K) and those starting out ($39K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider AlliedBarton, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., and G4S Security Services, top-paying firms where Security Guards rake in a solid $25K, $24K, or $23K, respectively.

Employees at US Security Associates, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $20K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $18K and quickly nearing the top at only $29K. Workers at U.S. Security & Associates, Securtias, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Security Guards — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $24K. Security Guards see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Security Guard with more than 20 years of experience can earn $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Guards, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), Las Vegas (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (5 percent lower) and Houston (3 percent lower).

Security Guard Reviews

What is it like working as a Security Guard?

Security Guard in Durant:
"Stress Level Is Very High."
Pros: Helping other people, and making sure patron's are safe and having a good time while there in our place of business. Taking care of the other Officer's.
Cons: No matter how hard you try to make the job a better place to work no-one care's about you or what you think.

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Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 343 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 55%
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