Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States take home approximately $11.05 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Security Guards greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,119 - $121,149
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$31K
$120K
MEDIAN: $30,938
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$8.93 - $15.48
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$0$121K
Salary $15,119 - $121,149
Bonus $50.68 - $9,668
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $600
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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$18,660 - $38,760
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 344
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $8.93 - $15.48
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.30
Overtime $12.04 - $23.43
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $50.68 - $9,668
Commission $600
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$18,660 - $38,760
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,646

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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

  • 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.
  • Greet incoming guests and tenants, providing information regarding the site and surrounding area as requested by visitors.
  • Respond to alarms and emergency situations.
  • Make periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Guard


Dominating the field, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., G4S Security Services, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., Universal Protections Services, and US Security Associates, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Security Guards. Security Guards flock to Allied Universal Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $27K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are G4S Security Services at $26K, Guardsmark, Llc. at $25K, and Allied Barton Security Services Inc., where Security Guards annually earn $24K.

Employees at Weiser Security Inc., FJC Security Services Inc., and US Security Associates, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $19K, $20K, and $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

Pay by Experience for a Security Guard has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Guard with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 2,027 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Guard with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 688 salaries. An experienced Security Guard which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 416 salaries. A Security Guard with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 157 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,279

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, 39 percent above the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Pittsburgh and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Security Guard Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Guard?

Security Guard in Jersey City:
Pros: Sedentary, Calm, Relaxed, Friendly.
Cons: Sedentary, Slow, Racist bosses.

Security Guard in Cincinnati:
"Easy fun work."
Pros: Professional work and fun and easy to do.
Cons: Some people are hard to get a long with.

Security Guard in Tucson:
"Security."
Pros: Everything is good. Super easy.
Cons: Nothing is bad. Not really a downside.

Security Guard in Grand Prairie:
"Is good job I enjoy it but been working here 2 years."
Pros: Great environment and good place to work.
Cons: Been here 2 years and been payed the same 9.00 an hour.

Security Guard in Dubai:
"Im a safety officer."
Pros: Safety officer, docter and office job.
Cons: Docter and driver.

Security Guard in Cleveland:
"Security services for protection."
Pros: Making people feel safe aND secured.
Cons: Negative people when they complain about there job.

Security Guard in Wangaratta:
"Good."
Pros: Meet people help people keep people safe better on my body than welding.
Cons: Night shifts.

Key Stats for Security Guard

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 355 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$24,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 355 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 56%
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