Average Security Guard Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Security Guard is $11.44.
MEDIAN $11.44
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $16
$15 - $4,894
Profit Sharing
$1 - $12,365
$0 - $1,100
Total Pay
$18,984 - $37,624

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Job Description for Security Guard

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.
The top respondents for the job title Security Guard are from the companies Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., G4S Security Services and Allied Universal Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at G4S Security Services where the average pay is $12.27. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Allied Universal Corporation and Allied Barton Security Services Inc., earning around $11.71 and $11.66, respectively. Universal Protections Services pays the lowest at around $10.00. US Security Associates, Inc. and AlliedBarton also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.17 and $10.62, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Security Guard

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 $10.82 based on 1,617 salaries. An early career Security Guard with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.17 based on 2,888 salaries. A mid-career Security Guard with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.91 based on 1,110 salaries. An experienced Security Guard with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.65 based on 692 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $13.
Employees with Security Guard in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 10.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (5.2% more) and San Diego, California (4.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (11.8% less), Houston, Texas (6.4% less) and Las Vegas, Nevada (2.2% less).

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