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Security Guard Salary

An average Security Guard in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.31 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.30 per hour on the low end to $14.76 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Although just over a half lack health benefits of any kind, just over two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-third get dental coverage, too. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Security Guards survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,766 - $50,255
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $28,904
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$8.30 - $14.76
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$8
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,766 - $50,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $591  
Profit Sharing
$10.17 - $983  
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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$17,458 - $34,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $14.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$10.48 - $22.27  
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 - $591  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.17 - $983  
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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$17,458 - $34,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,101

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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., Guardsmark, Llc., G4S Security Services, and US Security Associates, Inc. are top-notch employers for Security Guards in this area. Although Universal Protections Services leads the field in pay with a median salary of $26K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $19K on the low end all the way up to $38K at the top. Other employers shelling out big bucks include AlliedBarton, G4S Security Services, and Allied Barton Security Services Inc., where Security Guards typically earn around $25K, $23K, or $22K, respectively.

Security Guards will find the worst pay at US Security Associates, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $20K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $28K, leaving little room for growth. U.S. Security & Associates, Securtias, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $21K-paychecks on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


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. Security Guards bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Security Guards in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Baltimore (3 percent lower and 2 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.

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Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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