Security Guards in the United States pull down an average of $10.81 per hour. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Security Guards greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by approximately two in five and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Security Guards — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,554 - $83,526
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$84K
MEDIAN: $29,461
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$8.81 - $15.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$17,554 - $83,526  
   
Bonus
$56.00 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$18,450 - $36,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$170$340$510
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $484.79  
Overtime
$11.93 - $22.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$500K$1M$1.5M
Bonus
$56.00 - $7,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$18,450 - $36,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,574
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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., G4S Security Services, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., Universal Protections Services, and US Security Associates, Inc. are all popular places to work. Although G4S Security Services offers the highest salaries (median pay is $26K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $21K to $34K. Security Guards will also find cushy salaries at Guardsmark, Llc. (+$25K), Allied Barton Security Services Inc. (+$24K), and ABM Security Services, Inc. (+$22K).

Weiser Security Inc., FJC Security Services Inc., and US Security Associates, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $20K-paychecks on average.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $23K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Security Guards claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. 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 $29K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,672

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

For Security Guards, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Security Guards will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Houston (11 percent lower).

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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
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 293 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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