A Security Officer/Guard earns an average wage of $11.29 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$19,753 - $62,343
$20K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $34,906
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$9.02 - $16.58
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$11
$17
MEDIAN: $11.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,753 - $62,343  
   
Bonus
$81.09 - $2,525  
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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$19,142 - $41,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $16.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$12.47 - $26.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$81.09 - $2,525  
   
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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$19,142 - $41,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 371

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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

  • 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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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

National Average: $25,673

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Key Stats for Security Officer/Guard

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Security Officer/Guard Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$26,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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