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Average Security Officer Hourly Pay

$12.91
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$482
Bonus
$2,000
Commission
$900
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Security Officer is $12.91.
10%
$9.93
MEDIAN
$12.91
90%
$18.30
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Hourly Rate
$10 - $18
Bonus
$48 - $3,949
Profit Sharing
$2 - $24,240
Commission
$0 - $2,000
Total Pay
$20,851 - $41,995
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What Do Security Officers Do?

Security Officer 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 Officer

3.6 out of 5
(1,870)
Highly Satisfied
268Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Security Officer are from the companies Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Universal Corporation and G4S Security Services. Reported salaries are highest at G4S Security Services where the average pay is $12.56. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include AlliedBarton and Allied Universal Corporation, earning around $12.48 and $12.30, respectively. US Security Associates, Inc. pays the lowest at around $10.36. Allied Security and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.74 and $11.99, respectively.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Security Officers?

An entry-level Security Officer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.07 based on 443 salaries. An early career Security Officer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.58 based on 3,597 salaries. A mid-career Security Officer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.35 based on 1,788 salaries. An experienced Security Officer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.75 based on 1,634 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $14.
Employees with Security Officer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 17.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Las Vegas, Nevada (9.3% more) and Los Angeles, California (9.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (11.2% less), Atlanta, Georgia (7.7% less) and Houston, Texas (6.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 8,325 survey responses.
Entry Level
5.3%
Early Career
43.2%
Mid Career
21.5%
Experienced
19.6%
Late Career
10.4%