A Security Officer earns an average wage of $11.60 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$20,276 - $71,093
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$36K
$71K
MEDIAN: $35,663
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$9.10 - $16.53
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,276 - $71,093  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $14,795  
Commission
$5,354  
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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$19,217 - $41,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 613
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $16.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $8.01  
Overtime
$12.66 - $25.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$5,354  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $14,795  
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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$19,217 - $41,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,776
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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

  • 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

National Average: $25,600

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Security Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Security Officer at US Security Associates, Inc.?

Security Officer in Tallahassee:
"It is a good job to have, the staff and management are nice."
Pros: There is advancement to grow within the company, the pay is good and the people are nice and respectful, there is overtime.
Cons: Dealing with disrespectful customer and dealing with certain people who doesnt take their meds like they suppose too.

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.

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Experience Affects Security Officer Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Security Officer Salaries

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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 692 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%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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