Security Officer Armed Salary (United States)

A typical Armed Security Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.67 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.47 per hour to $20.82. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all—44 percent lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about half have dental, too. Armed Security Officers are largely men, dominating the profession at 89 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Armed Security Officers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$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  
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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

Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$34,141 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $20K to $55K) creates a rather varied pay scale.
With a reported median salary of only $25,492, Allied Barton Security Services Inc. takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town. Given the fact that some workers here earn up to $45,306, the disparity in salary is crystal clear. G4S Security Services and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $29,069 and $34,141-paychecks on average.

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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Beginning workers can expect to earn $27K starting out, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $33K after one to two decades. After 20 years of work in the field, Armed Security Officers typically earn $36K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. A majority 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, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Armed Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+38 percent) and Phoenix (+10 percent). Armed Security Officers in Tampa earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (-19 percent) and St. Louis (-19 percent).

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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Mid-Career
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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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