Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States can expect wages of $10.38 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $8.37 per hour and $14.94. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Security Guards are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Some workers in this field — just over a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by close to a third. There are far more male Security Guards survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,534 - $50,413
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $28,745
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$8.37 - $14.94
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$8
$10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,534 - $50,413  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $2,980  
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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$17,661 - $34,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.37 - $14.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.42  
Overtime
$10.15 - $22.45  
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 - $515  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $2,980  
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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$17,661 - $34,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,183
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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, Guardsmark, Llc., and US Security Associates, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Universal Protections Services offers the largest salaries in town ($26K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $20K to $39K. Other leaders in compensation levels are AlliedBarton at $25K, Allied Barton Security Services Inc. at $23K, and G4S Security Services, where Security Guards annually earn $23K.

Pay for Security Guards is the lowest at US Security Associates, Inc., which has a median salary of $20K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $29K. U.S. Security & Associates, Securtias, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


For many Security Guards, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $24K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $25K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Security Guards that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Las Vegas (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. San Diego and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 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

Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 343 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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