$34,909
Avg. Salary
$11.31
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$496

Bonus

$303

Profit Sharing

$1,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Security Guard is $11.31 per hour.

The average pay for a Security Guard is $34,909 per year.

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MEDIAN $11.31
$17k
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$35k
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$172k
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MEDIAN $34,909
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$0$171K
Salary $17,464 - $171,859
Bonus $20.99 - $9,000
Profit Sharing $0.79 - $10,067
Commission $1,000
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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$18,817 - $40,451
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 640
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $8.99 - $15.88
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $6.13
Overtime $12.10 - $24.56
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $20.99 - $9,000
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $0.79 - $10,067
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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$18,817 - $40,451
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,680

Job Description for Security Guard

Security guards provide low-level protection for companies and organizations which usually involves patrolling the premises, either by foot or in a company vehicle (of course, a valid driver’s license is required in order to drive company vehicles). Security guards patrol for suspicious or dangerous activity that might be detrimental to the safety of the facility or any people present. If a person at or in the facility is in violation of particular rules or policies, the guard must correct the situation.

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Security Guard Tasks
  • 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.
  • Greet incoming guests and tenants, providing information regarding the site and surrounding area as requested by visitors.
  • Respond to alarms and emergency situations.
  • Make periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment.

Popular Employer Salaries for Security Guard


Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., G4S Security Services, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., Universal Protections Services, and US Security Associates, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Security Guards. Allied Universal Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $27K on average. Other big spenders include G4S Security Services, Guardsmark, Llc., and Allied Barton Security Services Inc., top-paying firms where Security Guards see paychecks nearing $26K, $25K, or $24K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Weiser Security Inc. ($19K), FJC Security Services Inc. ($20K), and US Security Associates, Inc. ($21K).

Security Guard Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

Pay by Experience for a Security Guard has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Guard with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 2,027 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Guard with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 688 salaries. An experienced Security Guard which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 416 salaries. A Security Guard with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 157 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,771

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Security Guards that is 38 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Security Guards can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Pittsburgh and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Security Guard Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Guard?

Security Guard in Brooklyn Park:
"Easy but be alert at all times."
Pros: No one watching over your shoulders.
Cons: No health benefits. No raise. And have hours missing on pay check. Which is disturbing on going. Which needs to be solve.

Security Guard in New York:
"Security guard."
Pros: Being able to watch people, also the fact ive learned how to read body language very well.
Cons: Dealing with the public, and their nonsense. The behavior of people is simply amazing , and im in awe every day over the random acts of bafoonery.

Security Guard in San Diego:
"Underpaid."
Pros: The people.
Cons: The wages, no coverage, bad working conditions.

Security Guard in Bridgeport:
"Negotiating raises."
I wished I had asked for a raise on a yearly basis...or at least irregularly, instead of never. I thought I was ahead of the rest in the beginning, and was satisfied. As the economy grew worse for the middle class over the last decades, I was worried they could find others desperate for a job, even though I knew I was better for the employer.

Security Guard in West Palm Beach:
"Triaining and securing housing developement."
Pay attention and write down all notes about job.

Security Guard in Durant:
"Stress Level Is Very High."
Pros: Helping other people, and making sure patron's are safe and having a good time while there in our place of business. Taking care of the other Officer's.
Cons: No matter how hard you try to make the job a better place to work no-one care's about you or what you think.

Security Guard in Orlando:
"Flexible."
Look, listen, learn.

Key Stats for Security Guard

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 735 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 735 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 55%