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How Much Does a Security Guard Earn In The United States?

Security Guard Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
$24,000
$30,000
$37,000
The average security guard makes about $30,235 per year. That's $14.54 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $37,000. Many of security guards seem to be drawn to finance and technology companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case security guards tend to work at government, professional, and hospitality companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Hawaii, Washington and California pay security guards the highest salaries.
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Where Security Guards Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Security Guards Earn In Different Cities?

While a security guard can average a salary of $30,235 per year, or $14.54 per hour, there are many opportunities for security guards to make more. For example, in Seattle, WA you might make $39,122 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and Rochester, MN. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Seattle, WA where the average starting salary is $29,000. The highest paying states for security guards include Hawaii, Washington and California. Meanwhile, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary
Seattle, WA
Salary Range33k - 45k$39k$39,122
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range31k - 41k$36k$36,034
Boston, MA
Salary Range28k - 39k$34k$33,513

Rochester, MN

Salary Range29k - 38k$33k$33,461
Denver, CO
Salary Range28k - 38k$33k$32,912
New York, NY
Salary Range26k - 38k$32k$31,693

Rochester, NH

Salary Range27k - 36k$31k$31,376

Camden, NJ

Salary Range24k - 36k$30k$30,051

Salt Lake City, UT

Salary Range25k - 34k$30k$29,978
Chicago, IL
Salary Range25k - 34k$30k$29,565
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Which Companies Pay Security Guards The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a security guard, being employed by a company such as Harris or Washington State Employees Credit Union would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like West Liberty Foods and Nabors Industries also report highly competitive salaries for security guards.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Harris
Salary Range44k - 53k$49k$48,962
Washington State Employees Credit Union
Salary Range35k - 37k$36k$36,486
West Liberty Foods
Salary Range33k - 37k$35k$35,438
Nabors Industries
Salary Range33k - 37k$35k$35,258
Baltimore City Hall
Salary Range33k - 35k$35k$34,599
State of Minnesota
Salary Range32k - 35k$34k$34,096
Lyons Magnus
Salary Range31k - 36k$34k$34,072
State of Wyoming
Salary Range32k - 35k$34k$33,883
Newman School
Salary Range31k - 36k$34k$33,879
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Salary Range32k - 35k$34k$33,856
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    How Much Do Security Guards Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, security guard salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that government, professional, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for security guards. For example, security guards make a whopping average salary of $31,153 while working for government companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $30,285 at professional companies and $30,059 at hospitality companies. But security guards may want to avoid working in the finance industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $29,146.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Government

    Salary Range29k - 33k$31k$31,153

    Professional

    Salary Range26k - 34k$30k$30,285

    Hospitality

    Salary Range27k - 33k$30k$30,059

    Technology

    Salary Range26k - 33k$30k$29,791

    Finance

    Salary Range25k - 32k$29k$29,146
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    $34k

    How Experience Affects Security Guard Salaries

    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.

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