Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States can expect wages of $10.90 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most Security Guards are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the greater part lack any form of coverage — but nearly two in five have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$15,563 - $106,401
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$30K
$110K
MEDIAN: $30,290
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$8.85 - $15.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$15,563 - $106,401  
   
Bonus
$99.60 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
Commission
$600  
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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$18,495 - $37,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$90$180$270
Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $15.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $255.00  
Overtime
$11.95 - $23.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$180K$360K$540K
Bonus
$99.60 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$18,495 - $37,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,551

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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


Security Guards fill the offices of leading firms Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., G4S Security Services, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., Universal Protections Services, and US Security Associates, Inc. Those at Allied Universal Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $27K. Also paying near the top of the field are G4S Security Services at $26K, Guardsmark, Llc. at $25K, and Allied Barton Security Services Inc., where Security Guards annually earn $24K.

Weiser Security Inc., FJC Security Services Inc., and US Security Associates, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K, $20K, and $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

Pay by Experience for a Security Guard has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Guard with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 2,027 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Guard with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 688 salaries. An experienced Security Guard which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 416 salaries. A Security Guard with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 157 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,907

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Security Guards, 41 percent higher than the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+19 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). In Miami, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (10 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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 296 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

▲10%

▲5%

National Average
$24,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 57%
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