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Security Officer Demographics in the US

The average employee age for security officers is 43 years. The security officer workforce reached a whopping 944,037 in 2020!

Among security officers, we discovered that 28.8% of them are women, while 67.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among security officers is White, which makes up 60.4% of all security officers. Comparatively, there are 17.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Security Officer Statistics and Facts in the US

After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 944,037 security officers currently employed in the United States.
  • 28.8% of all security officers are women, while only 67.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed security officer is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of security officers is White (60.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17.0%) and Black or African American (13.0%).
  • The majority of security officers are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Security officers are most in-demand in Chicago, IL.
  • Security officers are paid an average annual salary of $29,144.
  • Seattle, WA pays an annual average wage of $37,860, the highest in the US.
  • Security officers average starting salary is $23,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 100% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid security officers earn as much as $36,000 or more.
  • Washington is the best state for security officers to live.
  • Security officers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Security Officer Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among security officers is White, which makes up 60.4% of all security officers. Comparatively, there are 17.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 60.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 16.9%
  • Black or African American, 13.0%
  • Asian, 4.9%
  • Unknown, 2.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Security Officers

The chart below shows that 68.3% of security officers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.0% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 4.2%.

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  • Spanish, 68.3%
  • French, 10.0%
  • Arabic, 4.2%
  • German, 2.6%
  • Russian, 2.0%
  • Other, 12.9%

Types of Security Officer Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for security officers. The most common degree for security officers is high school diploma. In fact, 27% of security officers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 17%.

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  • High School Diploma degree, 27%
  • Bachelors degree, 18%
  • Associate degree, 17%
  • Diploma degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 31%

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Security Officer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ security officers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most security officers is the finance industry.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Security Officer Work In

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

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Top Industries Hiring Security Officers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ security officers. Those industries include finance, technology and hospitality.

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Security Officer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as security officers. Keep reading to find out what the results for security officers were.

Security Officer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among security officers.

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

Security Officer Gender Over Time

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


Security Officer 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 officers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Average Age of a Security Officer Based On Race And Gender

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


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

By looking over 352,430 security officers resumes, we figured out that the average security officer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Security Officer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of security officer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of security officers is 40+ years old, which represents 57% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Security Officer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, bouncer and head of security have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Playground Monitor18%80%
School Crossing Guard22%74%
Crossing Guard24%72%
Security Officer67%29%
Rescue Boat Operator88%2%
Head Of Security88%8%
Head Of Security
Rescue Boat Operator
Security Officer
Crossing Guard
School Crossing Guard
Playground Monitor

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Security Officers 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 officers.

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Job Titleascdesc
School Patrol5.28%
Dog Warden9.86%
Security Officer10.87%
Police Cadet11.01%
Natural Resource Officer12.15%
Private Investigator17.26%

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Security Officer Gender Pay Gap

Male Income
Female Income

Security Officer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Asian women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Security Officer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
High School Diploma or Less$29,594
Some College/ Associate Degree$30,674
Bachelor's Degree$32,483
Master's Degree$33,316

Security Officer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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Security Officer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a security officer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of security officers is $35,604. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Security Officers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where security officers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Security Officers Located?

By looking through more than 352,430 resumes, we found that the most popular places for security officers are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Security Officers

Where Are Security Officers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country security officers are in the most demand.

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