$34,605
Avg. Salary
$11.69
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Security Officer/Guard is $11.69 per hour.

The average pay for a Security Officer/Guard is $34,605 per year.

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$9.26
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$11.69
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$16.98
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MEDIAN $11.69
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$19k
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$35k
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$62k
90%
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MEDIAN $34,605
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$0$61K
Salary $19,235 - $61,825
Bonus $19.73 - $2,475
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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$19,577 - $40,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 77
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.26 - $16.98
Overtime $11.76 - $25.50
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $19.73 - $2,475
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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$19,577 - $40,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 511

Job Description for Security Officer/Guard

A security guard is tasked with patrolling a specific area and performing a wide variety of security-related tasks within that area. Some of their regular tasks include maintaining the security and safety of individuals on a property, maintaining the security and safety of the premises to which the guard is assigned, responding to threatening situations such as bomb threats, and responding to medical emergencies and maintaining supervision of the site during the emergency. They also respond to fire alarms and intrusion alarms, facilitate the performance of duties of emergency specialists who show up during an incident, and fill out paperwork related to the incidents the security guard encounters.

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Security Officer/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.

Security Officer/Guard Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Security Officer/Guard

Pay by Experience for a Security Officer/Guard has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Officer/Guard with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 227 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Officer/Guard with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Security Officer/Guard which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 87 salaries. A Security Officer/Guard with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,140

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Officers, 58 percent above the national average. Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+36 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and New York (+4 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Albuquerque and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Security Officer/Guard Reviews

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

Security Officer/Guard in Buffalo:
"Buffalo was good for me no complaints with working in Buffalo."
Pros: The pay and the outfit
Cons: Nothing negative

Security Officer/Guard in Bridgeport:
"It's great because you interact with the patients."
Pros: The patients
Cons: The staff isn't professional enough for the job

Security Officer/Guard in Philadelphia:
"Working here is interesting. It's not always easy. It depends on you and what you want out of it."
Pros: I know the city, people, and the various communities.
Cons: The city government and school system needs much improvement in how it support it's citizens.

Security Officer/Guard in limpopo/Thohoyandou:
Hard work and persaviarence is a key of success.

Security Officer/Guard in nj:
"Ot."
Pick up the overtime when it is there.

Security Officer/Guard in Cleveland:
"Experienced Security officer."
Pros: Meeting new people.
Cons: No benefits.

Security Officer/Guard in Austin:
"Securitas."
Pros: Steady schedule and reliable pay. Professional company, no complaints.
Cons: No raises regardless of performance. No yearly performance reviews.

Key Stats for Security Officer/Guard

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Security Officer/Guard Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$26,000

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 49%