Security Officer/Guard Salary (United States)

A Security Officer/Guard earns an average wage of $10.42 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Security Officer/Guard Salary (?
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$18,420 - $58,723
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MEDIAN: $33,594
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Security Officer/Guard Salary (?
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$8.30 - $15.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,420 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
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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$17,648 - $38,953  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $1.27  
Overtime
$10.01 - $23.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
   
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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$17,648 - $38,953  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 781
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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 by Experience Level for Security Officer/Guard

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 14%
Los Angeles
up arrow 11%
Seattle
up arrow 8%
Atlanta
up arrow 8%
Dallas
up arrow 7%
Austin
up arrow 7%
Chicago
0%
Las Vegas
0%
National Average
$23,000
San Diego
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Houston
up arrow 7%
Miami
up arrow 8%
Albuquerque
up arrow 9%
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Experience Affects Security Officer/Guard Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
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: 50% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 49%
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