These Are The 10 Best Cities For Security Officers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Security Officers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer security officers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where security officers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for security officers.The result is this list of the best cities security officers:

  1. Charleston, WV
  2. Tacoma, WA
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Trenton, NJ
  5. Omaha, NE
  6. Kennewick, WA
  7. Anchorage, AK
  8. Augusta, GA
  9. Silver Spring, MD
  10. Cleveland, OH

So there you have it — Charleston is the best city when it comes to being a security officer.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a security officer? That would be Punta Gorda.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for security officers and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a security officers?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for security officers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well security officers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 394 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 394 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for security officers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for security officers.

1. Charleston, WV

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,590
Average Annual Salary: $27,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,890
Location Quotient: 1.73

2. Tacoma, WA

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,570
Average Annual Salary: $32,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,440
Location Quotient: 1.16

3. Seattle, WA

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,580
Average Annual Salary: $35,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,910
Location Quotient: 0.95

4. Trenton, NJ

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,770
Average Annual Salary: $39,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,310
Location Quotient: 1.56

5. Omaha, NE

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,570
Average Annual Salary: $30,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,040
Location Quotient: 0.95

6. Kennewick, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $39,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,010
Location Quotient: 0.79

7. Anchorage, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,200
Average Annual Salary: $34,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,150
Location Quotient: 0.85

8. Augusta, GA

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Total Jobs: 2,400
Average Annual Salary: $34,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,940
Location Quotient: 1.41

9. Silver Spring, MD

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Total Jobs: 5,000
Average Annual Salary: $39,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,540
Location Quotient: 1.09

10. Cleveland, OH

Best States For Security Officers

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,090
Average Annual Salary: $28,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,910
Location Quotient: 1.12

And that’s our list of the best cities for security officers

If you’re looking to start out your career as a security officer these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a security officer in America:

  1. Punta Gorda, FL
  2. Wausau, WI
  3. Glens Falls, NY

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Security Officers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Charleston, WV $27,620 $17,890 1,590
2 Tacoma, WA $32,160 $21,440 2,570
3 Seattle, WA $35,340 $21,910 11,580
4 Trenton, NJ $39,060 $21,310 2,770
5 Omaha, NE $30,480 $20,040 3,570
6 Kennewick, WA $39,040 $22,010 650
7 Anchorage, AK $34,820 $24,150 1,200
8 Augusta, GA $34,380 $17,940 2,400
9 Silver Spring, MD $39,990 $22,540 5,000
10 Cleveland, OH $28,590 $17,910 9,090
11 Haverhill, MA $44,940 $25,460 380
12 Pueblo, CO $35,100 $23,500 370
13 Lafayette, IN $35,100 $18,920 580
14 Fairbanks, AK $41,330 $32,090 200
15 Casper, WY $29,130 $22,650 290
16 Baton Rouge, LA $27,260 $19,760 4,110
17 Austin, TX $30,860 $20,400 5,860
18 Kansas City, MO $28,110 $18,950 7,220
19 Tulsa, OK $27,580 $19,720 3,250
20 San Francisco, CA $34,130 $22,070 10,930
21 Lawton, OK $27,410 $19,150 380
22 Myrtle Beach, SC $26,360 $18,200 1,770
23 Toledo, OH $28,590 $17,920 2,110
24 Rocky Mount, NC $37,430 $23,160 260
25 Cheyenne, WY $34,240 $22,170 220
26 Anniston, AL $31,930 $17,420 300
27 Chicago, IL $31,020 $19,790 40,330
28 Charleston, SC $29,700 $18,800 2,000
29 Decatur, AL $35,810 $17,420 340
30 Spokane, WA $29,690 $21,020 1,590
31 Savannah, GA $27,210 $18,590 1,650
32 Bremerton, WA $46,120 $24,360 320
33 Bismarck, ND $32,210 $22,810 310
34 Salt Lake City, UT $29,170 $19,530 3,940
35 Youngstown, OH $29,580 $17,430 1,460
36 Fort Wayne, IN $33,230 $18,580 1,080
37 Gary, IN $27,850 $17,110 3,140
38 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $25,640 $16,800 4,470
39 Hilton Head Island, SC $25,460 $18,890 630
40 Little Rock, AR $26,280 $16,880 2,960
41 Springfield, IL $41,490 $21,910 420
42 Niles, MI $25,960 $18,860 940
43 Detroit, MI $27,280 $19,410 5,720
44 Santa Fe, NM $25,530 $20,350 530
45 New Orleans, LA $28,900 $17,030 8,260
46 Minneapolis, MN $34,910 $21,770 8,370
47 Dubuque, IA $33,260 $20,580 250
48 St. Louis, MO $27,310 $18,030 8,840
49 California, MD $47,210 $25,070 160
50 Grants Pass, OR $32,650 $22,390 100
51 Las Cruces, NM $28,830 $17,560 680
52 Burlington, NC $43,180 $21,240 200
53 Kankakee, IL $28,230 $20,220 470
54 Akron, OH $34,200 $17,920 1,470
55 Nashville, TN $28,350 $17,280 7,270
56 Gulfport, MS $25,740 $17,370 1,620
57 Harrisburg, PA $28,160 $19,110 2,760
58 Oklahoma City, OK $29,840 $17,140 4,090
59 Houston, TX $27,520 $18,000 27,180
60 Jefferson City, MO $31,050 $16,950 470
61 San Jose, CA $32,730 $21,610 8,880
62 Dutchess County, NY $36,210 $23,780 690
63 Cincinnati, OH $26,760 $18,230 5,940
64 Yakima, WA $31,350 $21,080 380
65 Dallas, TX $27,540 $17,600 23,430
66 Phoenix, AZ $28,820 $19,030 18,310
67 Portland, OR $31,590 $20,010 6,060
68 Killeen, TX $33,840 $19,170 500
69 Columbus, OH $25,870 $18,220 6,350
70 Dayton, OH $28,020 $17,600 1,950
71 Monroe, MI $27,860 $18,360 290
72 Beaumont, TX $27,700 $18,980 950
73 Morgantown, WV $26,240 $17,280 380
74 Greenville, SC $27,660 $17,470 2,530
75 Chambersburg, PA $33,000 $25,150 150
76 San Rafael, CA $33,400 $25,570 480
77 Lake Charles, LA $25,230 $18,370 990
78 St. Joseph, MO $28,670 $17,010 330
79 Fayetteville, NC $33,610 $17,580 840
80 Corpus Christi, TX $26,560 $18,490 1,340
81 Pine Bluff, AR $25,860 $16,700 210
82 Albuquerque, NM $26,500 $17,830 3,280
83 Waterloo, IA $29,690 $19,410 370
84 Lima, OH $30,190 $18,640 150
85 Elizabethtown, KY $32,140 $21,860 80
86 Providence, RI $28,500 $20,640 3,940
87 Chattanooga, TN $28,190 $16,860 1,570
88 Springfield, MO $28,010 $16,920 1,170
89 Walla Walla, WA $36,950 $22,510 40
90 Denver, CO $28,690 $20,480 10,340
91 Hot Springs, AR $26,430 $17,110 180
92 Canton, OH $29,300 $18,000 550
93 Weirton, WV $23,960 $17,750 270
94 Midland, TX $29,830 $20,200 270
95 East Stroudsburg, PA $26,020 $19,330 430
96 Lexington, KY $22,650 $16,330 2,420
97 Columbia, SC $25,310 $16,710 3,800
98 Boise City, ID $26,580 $17,840 1,320
99 Evansville, IN $28,720 $16,880 880
100 Cape Girardeau, MO $27,930 $19,560 120