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

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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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Utilities
$47,620
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,910
Finance and Insurance
$34,460
Public Administration
$33,020
Manufacturing
$32,930
Information
$31,920

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,510
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$25,050
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,980
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$27,090
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$27,120