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Average Security Guard Hourly Pay

$12.27
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$342
Bonus
$1,048
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The average hourly pay for a Security Guard is $12.27.
10%
$9.58
MEDIAN
$12.27
90%
$17.04
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $17
Bonus
$18 - $5,106
Profit Sharing
$2 - $12,480
Total Pay
$20,018 - $38,686
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What Do Security Guards Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Security Guard

3.5 out of 5
(799)
Highly Satisfied
135Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Security Guard are from the companies Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Universal Corporation and G4S Security Services. Reported salaries are highest at AlliedBarton where the average pay is $12.67. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include G4S Security Services and Allied Security, earning around $12.56 and $12.51, respectively. US Security Associates, Inc. pays the lowest at around $10.26. Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. and Allied Barton Security Services Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $12.02 and $12.41, respectively.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Security Guards?

An entry-level Security Guard with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $11.84 based on 406 salaries. An early career Security Guard with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.13 based on 2,304 salaries. A mid-career Security Guard with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.40 based on 795 salaries. An experienced Security Guard with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.14 based on 526 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.
Employees with Security Guard in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 42.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (20.3% more) and Los Angeles, California (8.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (8.3% less) and Las Vegas, Nevada (3.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,260 survey responses.
Entry Level
9.5%
Early Career
54.1%
Mid Career
18.7%
Experienced
12.3%
Late Career
5.4%