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Working As A Head Of Security

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $189,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Of Security Do

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and protect property against theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity.

Duties

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers typically do the following:

  • Protect and enforce laws on an employer’s property
  • Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras
  • Control access for employees and visitors
  • Conduct security checks over a specified area
  • Write reports on what they observed while on duty
  • Serve as witnesses for court testimony
  • Detain violators

Security guards, also called security officers, protect property, enforce rules on the property, and deter criminal activity. Some guards are assigned a stationary position from which they monitor alarms or surveillance cameras. Other guards are assigned a patrol area where they conduct security checks.

Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators act as security agents for casinos. Using audio and video equipment in an observation room, they watch casino operations for suspicious activities, such as cheating and theft, and monitor compliance with rules, regulations, and laws. They maintain and organize recordings from security cameras, which are sometimes used as evidence in police investigations.

Guards and officers must remain alert, looking out for anything unusual. In an emergency, they are required to call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards are armed.

A security guard’s responsibilities vary from one employer to another. In retail stores, guards protect people, records, merchandise, money, and equipment. They may work with undercover store detectives to prevent theft by customers and employees, detain shoplifting suspects until the police arrive, and patrol parking lots.

In office buildings, banks, hotels, and hospitals, guards maintain order and protect the organization’s customers, staff, and property.

Guards who work in museums and art galleries protect paintings and exhibits by watching people and inspecting the contents of patrons’ handbags.

In factories, government buildings, and military bases, security guards protect workers and equipment and check the credentials of people and vehicles entering and leaving the premises.

Guards working in parks and at sports stadiums control crowds, supervise parking and seating, and direct traffic.

Security guards stationed at the entrances to bars and nightclubs keep underage people from entering, collect cover charges, and maintain order among customers.

Security guards working in schools and universities patrol the buildings and grounds, looking for suspicious activity.

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How To Become A Head Of Security

Most security guard jobs require a high school diploma. Gaming surveillance officers sometimes need experience with security and video surveillance. Most states require guards to be registered with the state, especially if they carry a firearm.

Education

Security guards generally need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some jobs may not have any education requirements. Gaming surveillance officers also need a high school diploma or equivalent and may need experience with video surveillance technology depending upon assignment.

Training

Although most employers provide instruction for newly hired guards, the amount of training they receive varies. Most guards, however, learn their job in a few weeks. During those few weeks, training from their employer typically covers emergency procedures, detention of suspected criminals, and proper communication.

Many states recommend that security guards receive approximately 8 hours of pre-assignment training, 8–16 hours of on-the-job training, and 8 hours of annual training. This may include training in protection, public relations, report writing, deterring crises, first aid, and other specialized training related to the guard’s assignment.

Training is more rigorous for armed guards because they require weapons training. Armed guards may be tested periodically in the use of firearms.

For gaming surveillance officers and investigators, some employers prefer candidates with previous work experience in casinos or individuals with a background in law enforcement. Experience with video technology can also be helpful in using surveillance systems and software.

Drug testing may be required as a condition of employment and randomly during employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require that guards be registered with the state in which they work. Although registration requirements vary by state, basic qualifications for candidates are as follows:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete training

Guards who carry weapons usually must be registered by the appropriate government authority. Armed guard positions have more stringent background checks and entry requirements than those of unarmed guards. Rigorous hiring and screening programs, including background, criminal record, and fingerprint checks, are required for armed guards in most states.

Some jobs may also require a driver's license.

Advancement

Some guards advance to supervisory or security manager positions. Those with experience or postsecondary education should have an advantage. Armed security guards have a greater potential for advancement and enjoy higher earnings.

Some guards with management skills open their own security guard business. Guards can also move to an organization that needs higher levels of security, which may result in more prestige or higher pay.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Guards and officers must be able to quickly determine the best course of action when a dangerous situation arises. 

Patience. Security guards and officers may need to spend long periods standing and observing their environment without distractions.

Observation skills. Guards and officers must be alert and aware of their surroundings, and be able to quickly recognize anything out of the ordinary.

Physical strength. Guards must be strong enough to apprehend offenders and to handle emergency situations.

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Average Yearly Salary
$189,000
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$133,000
Min 10%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$189,000
Median 50%
$269,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
GroupM
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Head Of Security make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Head Of Security in the United States is $189,808 per year or $91 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $133,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $269,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Top Skills for A Head Of Security

  1. Ensure Safety
  2. Security Personnel
  3. Security Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Observed production monitoring equipment to ensure safety and efficient operation according to OSHA standards.
  • Supervised volunteer security personnel and worked with professional security to provide safety to all inside the concert venues.
  • Produced written and oral reports on all shift activities' including emergency notifications delivered as directed by established security procedures.
  • Train new security staff to ensure adherence to business and state policies and procedures.
  • Provided exceptional customer service in addition to supplement security presence and awareness.

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  4. California
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Virginia
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Head Of Security Demographics

Gender

Male

88.2%

Female

8.1%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.4%

French

12.3%

Russian

4.7%

Greek

2.8%

Thai

2.8%

German

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Navajo

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Tongan

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%
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Head Of Security Education

Schools

Arizona State University

10.0%

Ashford University

6.7%

Kent State University

6.7%

Kaplan University

6.7%

University of Alabama

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

Miami Dade College

5.0%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

Texas State University

4.2%

Nassau Community College

4.2%

Fordham University

4.2%

Orange Coast College

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

Bridgewater State University

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.2%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

26.9%

Business

20.5%

Psychology

5.3%

General Studies

4.2%

Kinesiology

3.7%

Computer Science

3.4%

Communication

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Management

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

History

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

Biology

2.5%

Education

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Law Enforcement

2.1%

Accounting

2.0%

English

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.3%

High School Diploma

30.2%

Associate

19.5%

Diploma

6.6%

Certificate

5.9%

Masters

5.2%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Updated May 18, 2020