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Security Guard Salary

Median pay for Security Guards in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.35 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.31 per hour and $14.81. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. 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. The vast majority of Security Guards (83 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$18,614 - $49,812
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $28,681
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$8.31 - $14.81
(Median)
$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
$18,614 - $49,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $900  
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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$17,493 - $34,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate 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$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.31 - $14.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.41  
Overtime
$10.21 - $22.29  
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 - $602  
   
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $900  
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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$17,493 - $34,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,125

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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., G4S Security Services, Guardsmark, Llc., and US Security Associates, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Security Guards. Security Guards seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Universal Protections Services, where the median salary comes to $26K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($20K) and those starting out ($38K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. AlliedBarton, G4S Security Services, and Allied Barton Security Services Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Security Guards earning around $25K, $23K, or $22K at each firm, respectively.

US Security Associates, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $20K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $29K. Employees at U.S. Security & Associates, Securtias, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Guards, 57 percent above the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Las Vegas (+12 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Houston (2 percent less).

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
up arrow 11%

Experienced
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National Average
$23,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 347 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: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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