Security Guard Salary

The average Security Guard in the United States earns approximately $10.40 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.38 per hour and $14.98. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and about a third have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Security Guards (81 percent) who took the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,560 - $48,698

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$8.38 - $14.98

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,560 - $48,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
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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$17,774 - $34,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $14.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.42  
Overtime
$10.14 - $22.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$17,774 - $34,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,205
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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 Guardsmark, Llc. are all popular places to work. Employees of Universal Protections Services can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $26K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $39K. AlliedBarton, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., and G4S Security Services also offer top salaries for Security Guards. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $25K, $24K, and $23K, respectively.

US Security Associates, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $20K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $29K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are U.S. Security & Associates, Securtias, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc.. Their employees earn $21K on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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


Security Guards with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $24K. For Security Guards, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. As Security Guards reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $26K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Security Guards, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Las Vegas (+7 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Houston and 3 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 341 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 54%
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