Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.49 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.58 per hour to $14.99. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and experience level. Male Security Guards far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. While a majority report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and approximately one in three have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$19,524 - $50,278
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,083
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$8.58 - $14.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,524 - $50,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$18,107 - $35,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.52  
Overtime
$10.89 - $22.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$18,107 - $35,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,705
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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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Security Guards, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., G4S Security Services, US Security Associates, Inc., and AlliedBarton are leading firms in the industry. AlliedBarton offers the best pay with a median salary of $25K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $20K and maxing out at just $33K. Security Guards will also find cushy salaries at G4S Security Services (+$24K), Allied Barton Security Services Inc. (+$24K), and Universal Protections Services (+$23K).

Workers at Weiser Security Inc., US Security Associates, Inc., and Securtias also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $19K, $20K, and $20K respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


Security Guards with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $24K. Security Guards with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $27K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,079

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Guards, 28 percent above the national average. Security Guards will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+8 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles and Houston (5 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 395 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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