Security Guard Salary

Security Guards in the United States take home approximately $10.49 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.58 per hour to $14.99. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Security Guards (81 percent) who took the survey. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, about two-fifths do receive medical benefits and approximately one in three have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,524 - $50,278
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$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,083
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$8.58 - $14.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,524 - $50,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$18,107 - $35,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.52  
Overtime
$10.89 - $22.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$18,107 - $35,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,705
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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, US Security Associates, Inc., and AlliedBarton are among the top companies that take on many Security Guards. With a median salary of $25K, AlliedBarton offers Security Guards the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $20K and are capped at $33K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include G4S Security Services, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., and Universal Protections Services, where Security Guards typically earn around $24K, $24K, or $23K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Weiser Security Inc. ($19K), US Security Associates, Inc. ($20K), and Securtias ($20K).

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


For Security Guards, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Security Guards see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $27K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,079

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

For Security Guards, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+8 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles and Houston (5 percent lower).

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 395 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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