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Security Officer Salary

A Security Officer earns an average wage of $11.35 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.

$19,641 - $65,995
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$66K
MEDIAN: $34,945
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$8.86 - $16.38
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,641 - $65,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $3,091  
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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$18,713 - $40,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 642
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $16.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.99  
Overtime
$12.09 - $25.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $3,091  
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).
)
$18,713 - $40,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,722

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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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What is it like working as a Security Officer?

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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Experience Affects Security Officer Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Security Officer Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$25,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 944 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 42%