Security Officer Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Security Officer is $11.18 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Security Officer Total Pay (?
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$19,686 - $62,156
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MEDIAN: $33,827
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Security Officer Total Pay (?
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$8.75 - $15.99
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,686 - $62,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $987  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $4,000  
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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$18,461 - $38,780  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.75 - $15.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.01  
Overtime
$11.97 - $24.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $987  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $4,000  
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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$18,461 - $38,780  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,369
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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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Security Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Security Officer?
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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Experience Affects Security Officer Salaries

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$25,000

Skills That Affect Security Officer Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$25,000
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 922 votes.
Gender
Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 41%
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