Security Officer Armed Salary (United States)

A typical Armed Security Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.67 per hour. Pay starts at $9.47 per hour and can approach $20.82 on the higher side. Residency is the main element affecting pay for this group—tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. While some workers in this profession—44 percent—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and about half have dental insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Armed Security Officers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Security Officer Armed Salary (?
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$23,537 - $71,200
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MEDIAN: $38,950
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Security Officer Armed Salary (?
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$9.47 - $20.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,537 - $71,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $3,052  
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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$20,306 - $53,597  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $20.82  
   
Overtime
$12.92 - $33.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $3,052  
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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$20,306 - $53,597  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125
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Job Description for Security Officer Armed

Armed security officers are essential for any business that wishes to protect valuable information, materials or important people. As a result, armed security officers may be found in a vast array of industries such as jewelry retail stores, banks, computer hubs or political offices. Armed security officers usually stay in or patrol a particular area, and their work environments can vary dramatically depending on what it is they are protecting. They could work in a more upscale location, such as a hotel where they may sit at a security camera station and.or patrol the premises. Or their working environment can be relatively hectic with a number of different scheduled tasks and security precautions when working in a bank.
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Security Officer Armed Tasks
  • Prepare reports, logs, and call for assistance in the event of suspicious activity.
  • May plan routes, pre-search buildings, and perform package inspections for individuals.
  • Protect facilities or private individuals from harm.

Security Officer Armed Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Officer Armed

Although Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $34,141, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $20K or as much as $55K.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Allied Barton Security Services Inc., where the median salary is just $25,492. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are G4S Security Services ($29,069) and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. ($34,141).

Pay by Experience Level for Security Officer Armed

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Armed Security Officers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, pay rises to approximately $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $33K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Armed Security Officers tend to earn $36K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$30,000
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For Armed Security Officers, New York provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Armed Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+38 percent) and Phoenix (+10 percent). Armed Security Officers' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Armed Security Officers in Tampa bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Dallas and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -19 percent and -19 percent, respectively.

Security Officer Armed Reviews

What is it like working as a Security Officer Armed?
Security Officer Armed in St. Petersburg:
"Security Is Not What The People Think."
Pros: The work hours. And the place in which I am posted.
Cons: The pay could be better after being promoted.

Experience Affects Security Officer Armed Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 44%
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