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Security Guard Salary

Median pay for Security Guards in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.27 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.24 per hour to $14.68. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Some workers in this field — a little over a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly a third. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Men make up the vast majority of Security Guards (84 percent) who took the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$19,088 - $51,121
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51K
MEDIAN: $29,358
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$8.24 - $14.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,088 - $51,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $648  
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $1,048  
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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$17,337 - $34,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $14.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.47  
Overtime
$10.19 - $22.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $648  
   
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $1,048  
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).
)
$17,337 - $34,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,069
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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.

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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., Guardsmark, Llc., US Security Associates, Inc., and G4S Security Services are leading firms in the industry. Although salaries only range from $19K to just $30K, Universal Protections Services still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $25K. AlliedBarton, G4S Security Services, and Guardsmark, Llc. also offer top salaries for Security Guards. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $23K, $22K, and $22K, respectively.

US Security Associates, Inc., U.S. Security & Associates, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $21K, and $21K respectively).

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Security Guards with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Guards, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security Guards will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Baltimore (+17 percent), and Las Vegas (+12 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Miami and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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.

Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 330 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%