Security Guard Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Security Guard is $10.26 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Security Guard Salary (?
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$18,931 - $50,813
(Median)
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39K
51K
MEDIAN: $29,470
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Security Guard Salary (?
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$8.23 - $14.63
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,931 - $50,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $693  
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $1,000  
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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$17,326 - $34,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $14.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$10.45 - $22.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $693  
   
Profit Sharing
$11.50 - $1,000  
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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$17,326 - $34,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,075
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 75%
Seattle
up arrow 26%
San Francisco
up arrow 24%
Baltimore
up arrow 17%
Las Vegas
up arrow 15%
up arrow 12%
Chicago
up arrow 8%
Denver
up arrow 8%
Phoenix
up arrow 6%
Los Angeles
up arrow 1%
Dallas
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San Diego
0%
National Average
$23,000
Houston
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Miami
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Orlando
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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 13%
Experienced
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

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%