Salary for Security Guards

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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 career community 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 gets a salary of between $37,090 to $53,540 based on tenure and industry expertise. usually receive a pay level of fourty-four thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars per annum.

have the best average pay in Alaska, where they get normal pay levels of just about $53,550. People in this job function are compensated the highest in Utilities, where they receive wages of $53,510.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.69 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Finance and Insurance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Other Services (except Public Administration)
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