$36,124
Avg. Salary
$11.97
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$518

Profit Sharing

$1,300

Commission

$5,263

The average pay for a Security Officer is $11.97 per hour.

The average pay for a Security Officer is $36,124 per year.

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MEDIAN $36,124
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MEDIAN: $36,124
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$0$83K
Salary $20,209 - $83,361
Bonus $50.64 - $5,960
Profit Sharing $1.21 - $57,647
Commission $5,263
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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$19,816 - $42,624
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,166
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $9.34 - $17.35
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.38
Overtime $13.11 - $26.36
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $50.64 - $5,960
Commission $5,263
Profit Sharing $1.21 - $57,647
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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$19,816 - $42,624
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,715

Job Description for Security Officer

Security officers are responsible for maintaining the overall security of a property. Security officers use many different tactics to prevent theft, vandalism, and damage to properties. They may patrol the property in a vehicle and may maintain records of who enters or leaves the property, either at a front desk or a front gate. They may keep track of signing visitors in and out and monitor incoming deliveries. Security officers generally assist with providing guests with information and directions. Employees protect the property and its inhabitants from fire risks and other safety violations. They respond to emergency situations by communicating with emergency personnel and potentially handling physical threats by restraining offenders. They may also maintain parking regulations and ensure parking lot security. It is important for a security officer to be aware and alert at all times, constantly being aware of risks and concerns.

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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.

Security Officer Pay By Employer

$0$34K

$23,086

$24,654

$24,151

$24,569

$21,228

AlliedBarton
96 profiles
$24,181

$22,532

$21,116

$23,052

Guardsmark, Llc.
23 profiles
$23,479

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Security Officer Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Security Officer

Pay by Experience for a Security Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 3,134 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Officer 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 1,460 salaries. An experienced Security Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 1,174 salaries. A Security Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 477 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,468

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

Security Officer Reviews

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

Security Officer in Wichita:
"Guardsmark is the Bottom of the Security business!"
Pros: I work indoors at night. That is all that is good about this job.
Cons: My training was a joke, DVD's I was allowed to take home along with a test with the answers, which is the same way Monthly training is conducted. Supervisors set bad examples by being late, not following policy, wearing uniforms improperly, playing favorites, fraternizing with client employees, and too many other improprieties to mention now. The Area manager while being qualified allows his Supervisors to engage in the above behavior. He promotes people not based on merit but on how easily they can be controlled or if they can keep the client happy; not by doing the job, but by, for example, doing work outside what is contracted. He does not follow Wage and Hour policies involving pay discrepancies and solving them in a timely manner and other violations. He provides NO Leadership Training for Supervisors. Guardsmark Officers have to pay for a $120 Training Course but receive no pay for it and will lose hours while taking it. These guys just plain Suck!

Security Officer in Washington:
"Always Use The Golden Rule."
Pros: I like working as a team among other officers, meeting new people, learning new skills and the pay isn't bad.
Cons: Each day is different so some days can be long and boring while other days can go by fairly quick. Depending on where you'll be working you may have to stand for long periods of time. However, if you find yourself in a position where you may have sit for extended periods of time, you might end up fighting sleep.

Security Officer in Washington:
"Always Use The Golden Rule."
Pros: I really like working in a team environment among other officers, I also enjoy meeting new people and learning new information.
Cons: Each day is different so you never know what to expect. Some days can be long and boring, while other days can go by really quickly.

Security Officer in Klerksdorp:
"Helpful."
Pros: Every body has a chance to do the job and we are like a family.
Cons: Unable to further my study due to straight day shift.

Security Officer in Lexington:
"Not For The Timid."
This job is not for the timid. We frequently deal with combative patients. Many of these patients are infected with Hep C or HIV. These patients will not hesitate to spit, throw things or strike. You have to be mentally prepared for these attacks and little or no support from medical staff. You will frequently have medical staff try to pawn their job off on you and then try to report you for “not doing your job” when you don’t cooperate. Please understand that this is extremely common and shows no sign of changing.

Security Officer in Lancaster:
"Hours."
Pros: Meet people.
Cons: Problems with un-ruly teen-agers.

Security Officer in Deerfield Beach:
"Stress Level Is Low, Flexible Shifts."
Pros: Same as summary but also management is not on top of you and you are barely put to the test.
Cons: The only complaint I have is of course about the pay. With my experience and credentials, I would expect to be paid at least two or three dollars an hour more.

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Key Stats for Security Officer

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1672 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Security Officer Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$26,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Security Officer Salaries

National Average
$26,000


Customer Service
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1672 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 45%