Updated August 22, 2022

Average Security Guard Salary

$15.38hourly

$31,983 yearly

Entry level Salary
$25,000 yearly
$25,000
10 %
$31,983
Median
$40,000
90 %

How much does a Security Guard make?

Security guards make $31,983 per year on average, or $15.38 per hour, in the United States. Security guards on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $40,000.

Location impacts how much a security guard can expect to make. Security guards make the most in Hawaii, Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, and California.

Highest Paying States For Security Guards

The darker areas on the map show where security guards earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Security Guard average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Hawaii$42,908$20.63137
2Minnesota$36,914$17.751,025
3Washington$41,518$19.961,008
4Massachusetts$36,208$17.411,282
5Oregon$36,599$17.60500
6New York$35,393$17.022,191
7Alaska$36,132$17.3797
8California$36,363$17.484,446
9Rhode Island$32,081$15.42200
10Utah$33,438$16.08405
11Nevada$32,124$15.44290
12North Dakota$35,067$16.8687
13Illinois$32,347$15.551,854
14Wyoming$33,449$16.0865
15Missouri$32,061$15.41770
16Vermont$33,117$15.9287
17District of Columbia$40,485$19.46143
18Maine$33,364$16.04136
19Connecticut$32,998$15.86451
20New Hampshire$31,947$15.36242
21New Jersey$32,178$15.471,300
22Pennsylvania$29,888$14.371,832
23Colorado$34,032$16.36611
24Arizona$30,575$14.70839
25Nebraska$30,941$14.88276
26Idaho$32,151$15.46152
27Wisconsin$31,178$14.99639
28South Dakota$31,379$15.0978
29Virginia$33,160$15.94942
30Delaware$30,076$14.46181
31Indiana$29,826$14.34744
32Ohio$29,082$13.981,333
33North Carolina$28,944$13.921,282
34Kansas$30,238$14.54300
35Montana$28,522$13.71161
36Oklahoma$28,990$13.94361
37Iowa$29,199$14.04373
38Michigan$28,794$13.84864
39New Mexico$28,867$13.88226
40Maryland$31,087$14.95639
41Kentucky$28,331$13.62405
42Tennessee$27,494$13.22733
43Texas$27,376$13.162,631
44Alabama$25,446$12.23625
45Florida$26,174$12.582,171
46Mississippi$23,962$11.52312
47Georgia$26,032$12.521,404
48South Carolina$26,952$12.96541
49West Virginia$26,597$12.79153
50Arkansas$25,621$12.32250
51Louisiana$23,482$11.29360

Highest Paying Cities For Security Guards

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Lakewood, WA$41,745$20.07
2San Francisco, CA$37,614$18.08
3Minneapolis, MN$36,935$17.76
4Portland, OR$36,525$17.56
5Lexington, MA$36,249$17.43
6New York, NY$35,309$16.98
7Boulder, CO$34,220$16.45
8Salt Lake City, UT$33,419$16.07
9Portland, ME$33,411$16.06
10Reno, NV$33,140$15.93
11Chicago, IL$32,421$15.59
12Kansas City, MO$32,363$15.56
13Glendale, AZ$30,672$14.75
14Kansas City, KS$30,446$14.64
15Reading, PA$29,954$14.40

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Lakewood, WA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Minneapolis, MN
  4. Portland, OR
  5. Lexington, MA

Security Guard Salary Details

Average Security Guard Salary Graph
Average Security Guard Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Security Guard's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
75th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
Average$31,983$2,665$15
25th Percentile$28,000$2,333$13
10th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Enforcement Officer$38,446$3,204$18.4882,142
Protective Officer$40,529$3,377$19.49103,885
Community Services Officer$38,039$3,170$18.29181,257
Public Safety Officer$36,596$3,050$17.59122,048
Safety And Security Officer$35,427$2,952$17.03133,260
Protection Security Officer$35,926$2,994$17.27122,427

Which Companies Pay Security Guards The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and University of California, Berkeley are the highest paying companies for security guards.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Basin Electric Power Cooperative$46,204$22.21
2University of California, Berkeley$42,232$20.301
3Andersen$40,032$19.251
4New York State Restaurant Association$39,727$19.1015
5WestRock$39,053$18.782
6City of Detroit$39,049$18.7714
7Oakland University$39,040$18.77
8United Service Technologies$38,471$18.5017
9Safer Foundation$38,395$18.462
10Capital City Club$38,311$18.422
11Encompass Health$38,226$18.382
12BP America Inc$37,867$18.21
13Tucson Electric Power$37,746$18.15
14Vista Outdoor$37,723$18.14
15Covenant$37,703$18.13
16City of Austin$37,636$18.094
17The Culinary Institute of America$37,600$18.082
18University of Washington$37,568$18.0612
19R+L Carriers$37,456$18.014
20Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$37,350$17.9615

Security Guard Salary Trends

The salary for a security guard can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Security Guard Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Security Guard Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$32,000$15.38+4.4%
    2021$30,600$14.70+4.0%
    2020$29,300$14.11+5.6%
    2019$27,700$13.32+4.2%
    2018$26,500$12.76+4.4%

    Recently Added Security Guard Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Allied UniversalSecurity GuardBoston, MA07/27/2022$42,241
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Guard-FloaterClifton, NJ07/26/2022$33,183
    Bos SecurityWeekend Apartment GuardSmyrna, GA07/26/2022$29,218
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Guard-Utilities Site_Monroe, NY07/26/2022$33,392
    Job Listingsallied UniversalOvernight Truck Gate Security GuardJacksonville, FL07/26/2022$33,392
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Guard DistributionBoston, MA07/26/2022$35,479
    Brookdale Senior LivingCommunity Security GuardColorado Springs, CO07/26/2022$29,218
    Hire VelocityCash Transport GuardKansas City, MO07/26/2022$40,050
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Guard-Auto Insurance CompanyLansing, MI07/26/2022$31,305
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Guard Industrial PlantMadison, AL07/26/2022$31,305

    Security Guard Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Security Guards the most?

    Hawaii pays Security Guards the most in the United States, with an average salary of $42,908 per year, or $20.63 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Security Guard?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Security Guard if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $41,518 per year.

    What type of Security Guard gets paid the most?

    Security Specialist gets paid the most. Security Specialist made a median salary of $49,892. The best-paid 10 percent make $71,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $34,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Security Guard?

    A good starting salary for a security guard is $23,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a security guard in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for security guards is $30,409, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a security guard can vary by state.

    Do security guards make good money?

    No, security guards do not make good money. The median hourly wage is only $14.27 an hour ($29,680 a year). The hourly wage for a security guard ranges from $10.17 ($21,159 a year) and to $24.19 ($50,319 a year).

    How much do beginner security guards make?

    Beginner security guards make between $23,000 to $33,000 per year. Top earning entry-level security guards may earn up to $47,000 in a year, but the median salary is around $31,000 a year.

    What are the highest-paying security guard jobs?

    The highest-paying security guard jobs include the chief information security officers, security architects, and risk managers. These jobs all utilize the skills of a security job at an advanced leadership level, which means they are also highly compensated.

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