Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for security guards in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 823,148 security guards currently employed in the United States.
  • 28.0% of all security guards are women, while 72.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed security guard is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of security guards is White (54.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (21.0%), Black or African American (12.7%) and Asian (5.3%).
  • Security guards are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The utilities industry is the highest-paying for security guards.
  • 6% of all security guards are LGBT.

Security Guard Statistics By Gender

28.0% of security guards are women and 72.0% of security guards are men.

  • Male, 72.0%
  • Female, 28.0%

Security Guards By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male72.0%
Female28.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Security Guard

Women Earn 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$32,785
female-income
Female Income
$32,453

Security Guard Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the security guard position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Security Guard Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201074.70%25.30%
201173.39%26.61%
201274.67%25.33%
201374.79%25.21%
201473.91%26.09%
201574.66%25.34%
201674.25%25.75%
201772.95%27.05%
201873.84%26.16%
201973.33%26.67%
202071.08%28.92%
202171.99%28.01%

Security Guard Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, rescue boat operator and bodyguard have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Playground Monitor18%82%
School Crossing Guard21%79%
Crossing Guard23%77%
Security Guard72%28%
Bouncer94%6%
Bodyguard96%4%
Rescue Boat Operator98%2%

Security Guard Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among security guards is White, which makes up 54.0% of all security guards. Comparatively, there are 21.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 54.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 21.0%
  • Black or African American, 12.7%
  • Unknown, 5.3%
  • Asian, 5.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.7%

Security Guard Race

Security Guard RacePercentages
White54.0%
Hispanic or Latino21.0%
Black or African American12.7%
Unknown5.3%
Asian5.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.7%

Security Guard Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among security guards.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Security Guard Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201063.56%13.05%4.15%15.86%
201161.51%13.00%4.12%17.44%
201261.17%13.27%4.04%17.55%
201361.50%12.83%4.31%17.65%
201460.19%13.68%4.01%17.97%
201559.82%13.11%4.49%18.43%
201659.45%12.87%4.28%19.30%
201759.35%13.80%3.94%19.11%
201859.60%12.68%4.15%19.12%
201958.59%13.39%4.97%18.98%
202053.92%13.95%5.02%20.37%
202154.04%12.72%5.35%21.00%

Security Guard Wage Gap By Race

White security guards have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown security guards have the lowest average salary at $32,376.
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$32,376
White$33,004
Black or African American$32,861
Asian$32,982
Hispanic or Latino$32,705

Average Age of a Security Guard

We determined the average age of security guards based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Security Guard Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4541
Unknown37.539
Asian4544
Hispanic or Latino3636.5
White4547
American Indian and Alaska Native38.537

Security Guard Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of security guard employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of security guards is 40+ years old, which represents 56% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Security Guard Age

Security Guard YearsPercentages
40+ years56%
30-40 years21%
20-30 years22%

Types of Security Guard Degree Levels

The most common degree for security guards is high school diploma 42% of security guards earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 20%.

  • High School Diploma, 42%
  • Bachelors, 21%
  • Associate, 20%
  • Diploma, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Security Guards By Education

Security Guard DegreePercentages
High School Diploma42%
Bachelors21%
Associate20%
Diploma10%
Other Degrees7%

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Security Guard Wage Gap By Education

Security guards with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $36,594 annually. With a Bachelors degree, security guards earn a median annual income of $34,092 compared to $32,298 for security guards with an Associate degree.
$38,000
$36,000
$34,000
$32,000
$30,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$31,265
Master's Degree$36,594
Bachelor's Degree$34,092
Some College/ Associate Degree$32,298

Security Guard Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where security guards work. We found most security guards work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most security guards is the utilities industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire security guards.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Security Guard Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees13%
100 - 500 employees21%
500 - 1,000 employees16%
1,000 - 10,000 employees28%
> 10,000 employees16%

The Types Of Companies Security Guard Work In

Employees with the security guard job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most security guards prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Security Guard Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public11%
Private84%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Security Guards

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ security guards. Those industries include utilities, professional and manufacturing.

Utilities

Professional

Manufacturing

Hospitality

Retail

Security Guard Turnover And Employment Statistics

Security Guard Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of security guards changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Security Guard Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSecurity Guard Unemployment Rate
201012.24%
201111.62%
201210.40%
20139.08%
20148.18%
20157.21%
20166.47%
20175.77%
20185.47%
20194.75%
20206.85%
20217.46%

The Average Number of Years That Security Guard Stay in a Job

By looking over 177,622 security guards resumes, we figured out that the average security guard enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Security Guard Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year34%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years4%
11+ years4%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Security Guards with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to security guards.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Flagger3.84%6,597
Security Guard6.29%-
Civil Service Worker7.17%62,973
Swim Instructor7.20%24,849
House Detective8.27%23,382
Screener15.51%3,108

Security Guard LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Flagger3.84%6,597
Civil Service Worker7.17%62,973
Swim Instructor7.20%24,849
House Detective8.27%23,382
Screener15.51%3,108

Foreign Languages Spoken By Security Guards

The most common foreign language among security guards is Spanish at 71.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.4% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 3.0%.

  • Spanish, 71.9%
  • French, 8.4%
  • Arabic, 3.0%
  • German, 2.7%
  • Russian, 1.8%
  • Other, 12.2%

Security Guard Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish71.9%
French8.4%
Arabic3.0%
German2.7%
Russian1.8%
Other12.2%

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Security Guard Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a security guard can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of security guards is $40,162. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Security Guards Earn The Most?

Security guards earn the most in Hawaii, where the average security guard salary is $42,908. The map here shows where security guards earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Security Guards?

By looking through more than 177,622 resumes, we found that the most popular places for security guards are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Security Guards

Number Of Security Guard Jobs By State

Where Are Security Guards In High Demand?

Security guards are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 314 job openings for security guards here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country security guards are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Security Guard Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Security Guards Are Female?

31.8% of security guards are female in the United States. This is 0.6 percentage points higher than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female security guards has increased by 1.5 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 278,913 female security guards in the U.S. and 598,174 male security guards in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 877,087 people with the specific job title of security guard and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Security Guard Are There In The Us?

There are over 823,148 Security Guards in the United States.

What Percentage Of Security Guards Are Black?

12.7% of Security Guards are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Security Guards?

Most a are White, with 54.0% of Security Guards belonging to this ethnicity. 21.0% of Security Guards are Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% of Security Guards are Black or African American, 5.3% of Security Guards are Unknown, 5.3% of Security Guards are Asian, and 1.7% of Security Guards are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Security Guard Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Security Guard jobs are male - dominated. 72% of Security Guards are male, and 28% are female, so there are more male Security Guards than female Security Guards in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Security Guard?

The average Security Guard is 43 years old. 56% of Security Guards are 40+ years old or older, 21% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 22% are between 20-30 years old

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