Salary for Security Guards

Also known as:  Armed Guard, Bank Guard, Bodyguard, Bouncer, Private Watchman, Security Officer, Airport Baggage Screener, Airport Security Screener, Flight Security Specialist, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Screener helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Security guards are charged with the responsibility of protecting public and private property by patrolling a designated premises. Security guards monitor entrances and exits to buildings and residences and work to prevent acts of violence, theft and other unlawful infractions. These individuals must have an extensive working knowledge of weapons and self defense in the event a suspect must be apprehended. Additionally, they must be technologically inclined as digital monitoring equipment is commonly used in surveillance. They must be able to stand for long periods of time during patrols and effectively communicate with other law enforcement agencies and officers when necessary. A high school diploma is required for employment in this professional post.

A Security Guard can earn a salary of between 16000 to 24000 depending on education and experience. Security Guards can expect an average compensation of Twenty Six Thousand Four Hundred dollars every year.

Security Guards are paid the highest in Louisiana, where they earn an average job salary of approximating $40120. People with these jobs can make the most money in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they earn job pay of $47620.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.26 percent nationwide in that time.


Security Guards tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction