Security Officer/Guard Salary (United States)

A Security Officer/Guard earns an average wage of $10.41 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Security Officer/Guard Total Pay (?
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$17,785 - $54,035
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $33,653
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Security Officer/Guard Total Pay (?
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$8.26 - $15.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,785 - $54,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $772  
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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$17,531 - $38,625  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 842
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $15.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $1.27  
Overtime
$9.99 - $22.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $772  
   
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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$17,531 - $38,625  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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Job Description for Security Officer/Guard
A security guard is tasked with patrolling a specific area and performing a wide variety of security-related tasks within that area. Some of their regular tasks include maintaining the security and safety of individuals on a property, maintaining the security and safety of the premises to which the guard is assigned, responding to threatening situations such as bomb threats, and responding to medical emergencies and maintaining supervision of the site during the emergency. They also respond to fire alarms and intrusion alarms, facilitate the performance of duties of emergency specialists who show up during an incident, and fill out paperwork related to the incidents the security guard encounters.
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Security Officer/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 Difference By Location
San Jose
up arrow 43%
Philadelphia
up arrow 22%
Washington
up arrow 14%
Los Angeles
up arrow 10%
Denver
up arrow 10%
Seattle
up arrow 9%
Dallas
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 8%
New York
up arrow 7%
Las Vegas
up arrow 7%
Chicago
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National Average
$23,000
San Diego
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Houston
up arrow 8%
Miami
up arrow 8%
Tulsa
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Experience Affects Security Officer/Guard Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 49%
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