Security Guards in the United States take home approximately $10.87 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the larger part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by roughly two in five and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,876 - $101,310
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MEDIAN: $30,028
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$15,876 - $101,310  
   
Bonus
$96.74 - $6,904  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
Commission
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$18,486 - $37,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $15.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $255.00  
Overtime
$12.11 - $23.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$96.74 - $6,904  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$250.00  
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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$18,486 - $37,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,657

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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

  • 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.
  • Greet incoming guests and tenants, providing information regarding the site and surrounding area as requested by visitors.
  • Respond to alarms and emergency situations.
  • Make periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment.

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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 top-notch employers for Security Guards in this area. Although the highest salaries can be found at G4S Security Services where median pay is $26K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $20K and $33K. Also paying near the top of the field are Guardsmark, Llc. at $25K, Allied Barton Security Services Inc. at $24K, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., where Security Guards annually earn $23K.

Weiser Security Inc., FJC Security Services Inc., and U.S. Security & Associates are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($20K, $20K, and $21K respectively).

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $25K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Security Guards make a median salary of $26K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $29K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,795

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

Security Guards will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Las Vegas (+6 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Pittsburgh and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Security Guard Reviews

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Security Guard

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 310 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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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 310 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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