Security Officer Salary

The average wage for a Security Officer is $11.65 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$20,433 - $76,659
$20K
$36K
$77K
MEDIAN: $35,815
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90%

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$9.17 - $16.59
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MEDIAN: $11.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$20,433 - $76,659  
   
Bonus
$51.82 - $6,302  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,544  
Commission
$5,263  
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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$19,363 - $41,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $16.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.25  
Overtime
$12.69 - $26.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$51.82 - $6,302  
   
Commission
$5,263  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,544  
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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$19,363 - $41,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,726
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Job Description for Security Officer

Security officers are responsible for maintaining the overall security of a property. Security officers use many different tactics to prevent theft, vandalism, and damage to properties. They may patrol the property in a vehicle and may maintain records of who enters or leaves the property, either at a front desk or a front gate. They may keep track of signing visitors in and out and monitor incoming deliveries. Security officers generally assist with providing guests with information and directions. Employees protect the property and its inhabitants from fire risks and other safety violations. They respond to emergency situations by communicating with emergency personnel and potentially handling physical threats by restraining offenders. They may also maintain parking regulations and ensure parking lot security. It is important for a security officer to be aware and alert at all times, constantly being aware of risks and concerns.

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,696

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Security Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Officer?

Security Officer in Sacramento:
`"$Very degrading and people do not respect us."`
Pros: That we know we are trying to protect a billion dollar company from very possible threats that are visible every day.
Cons: That we work in a very hostile work environment and that there is obvious corruption within the department all the way up to the higher ups in the company. Does not give that feel that we are working for an honest or safe environment.

Security Officer in Salt Lake City:
`"$Oversee internal fraud program."`
Pros: Great environment. Interesting work. Work is recognized and makes a difference.
Cons: Politics and management's lack of support.

Security Officer in Helena:
`"$Security and customer service."`
Pros: I like serving the client and customers with the best care I can give them. It is my job to make sure they are secure in there work place. I enjoy the customers and employee's and I take pride in assuring there needs, safety, and customer service. Knowing this is accomplished gives me a good feeling of satisfaction.
Cons: IAt times it can be abit slow, however I find chores, cleaning or other to over come this.

Security Officer in Vernal:
`"$Never A Dull Moment. Good Employers, Good Peers."`
Pros: It's a good job for retired military people. We use many of the same skills we learned in the military: teamwork, attention to details, following directions, taking pride in our work, and keeping the customer satisfied. Variety of venues.
Cons: It's not so much a physical job as it is mentally taxing. It can be boring but it can also be very exciting.

Security Officer in Washington:
`"$Always Use The Golden Rule."`
Pros: I like working as a team among other officers, meeting new people, learning new skills and the pay isn't bad.
Cons: Each day is different so some days can be long and boring while other days can go by fairly quick. Depending on where you'll be working you may have to stand for long periods of time. However, if you find yourself in a position where you may have sit for extended periods of time, you might end up fighting sleep.

Security Officer in Washington:
`"$Always Use The Golden Rule."`
Pros: I really like working in a team environment among other officers, I also enjoy meeting new people and learning new information.
Cons: Each day is different so you never know what to expect. Some days can be long and boring, while other days can go by really quickly.

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Key Stats for Security Officer

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 713 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Security Officer Salaries

▲20%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$26,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Security Officer Salaries


National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 713 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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