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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 1,590
Average Annual Salary: $27,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,890
Location Quotient: 1.73
Total Jobs: 2,570
Average Annual Salary: $32,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,440
Location Quotient: 1.16
Total Jobs: 11,580
Average Annual Salary: $35,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,910
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 2,770
Average Annual Salary: $39,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,310
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 3,570
Average Annual Salary: $30,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,040
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 650
Average Annual Salary: $39,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,010
Location Quotient: 0.79
Total Jobs: 1,200
Average Annual Salary: $34,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,150
Location Quotient: 0.85
Total Jobs: 2,400
Average Annual Salary: $34,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,940
Location Quotient: 1.41
Total Jobs: 5,000
Average Annual Salary: $39,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,540
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 9,090
Average Annual Salary: $28,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,910
Location Quotient: 1.12
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:
|9||Silver Spring, MD||$39,990|
|16||Baton Rouge, LA||$27,260|
|18||Kansas City, MO||$28,110|
|20||San Francisco, CA||$34,130|
|22||Myrtle Beach, SC||$26,360|
|24||Rocky Mount, NC||$37,430|
|34||Salt Lake City, UT||$29,170|
|36||Fort Wayne, IN||$33,230|
|38||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$25,640|
|39||Hilton Head Island, SC||$25,460|
|40||Little Rock, AR||$26,280|
|44||Santa Fe, NM||$25,530|
|45||New Orleans, LA||$28,900|
|48||St. Louis, MO||$27,310|
|50||Grants Pass, OR||$32,650|
|51||Las Cruces, NM||$28,830|
|58||Oklahoma City, OK||$29,840|
|60||Jefferson City, MO||$31,050|
|61||San Jose, CA||$32,730|
|62||Dutchess County, NY||$36,210|
|76||San Rafael, CA||$33,400|
|77||Lake Charles, LA||$25,230|
|78||St. Joseph, MO||$28,670|
|80||Corpus Christi, TX||$26,560|
|81||Pine Bluff, AR||$25,860|
|89||Walla Walla, WA||$36,950|
|91||Hot Springs, AR||$26,430|
|95||East Stroudsburg, PA||$26,020|
|98||Boise City, ID||$26,580|
|100||Cape Girardeau, MO||$27,930|