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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Security Officer Salary

$14.58 hourly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$30,319 yearly

Entry level Salary
$23,000 yearly
$23,000
10 %
$30,319
Median
$38,000
90 %

How much does a Security Officer make?

Security officers make $30,319 per year on average, or $14.58 per hour, in the United States. Security officers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $23,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $38,000.

Location impacts how much a security officer can expect to make. Security officers make the most in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Minnesota, and California.

Highest Paying States For Security Officers

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

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Security Officer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$40,198$19.33173
2Washington$39,060$18.781,408
3Minnesota$36,232$17.421,405
4Massachusetts$35,368$17.001,824
5Hawaii$40,926$19.68155
6New York$34,706$16.693,013
7North Dakota$34,641$16.65172
8California$35,688$17.166,264
9Nevada$31,054$14.93470
10Oregon$33,818$16.26772
11Arizona$30,525$14.681,284
12Maine$32,483$15.62231
13Vermont$31,307$15.05145
14Missouri$31,101$14.95990
15Illinois$30,748$14.782,249
16Rhode Island$29,596$14.23307
17New Hampshire$30,847$14.83323
18Wyoming$31,677$15.2377
19Pennsylvania$29,373$14.122,243
20Connecticut$31,235$15.02616
21South Dakota$30,567$14.70165
22Colorado$31,917$15.341,016
23District of Columbia$37,308$17.94232
24New Jersey$29,899$14.371,702
25Nebraska$29,967$14.41378
26Virginia$30,023$14.431,841
27Wisconsin$30,540$14.68830
28Idaho$28,400$13.65410
29Maryland$30,592$14.711,144
30Utah$30,107$14.47442
31Iowa$28,994$13.94575
32Montana$28,756$13.82192
33Michigan$28,792$13.841,192
34Ohio$27,427$13.191,763
35Kansas$28,912$13.90423
36Oklahoma$28,271$13.59502
37North Carolina$26,837$12.901,712
38Texas$27,162$13.063,575
39New Mexico$25,874$12.44366
40Florida$24,326$11.703,156
41Indiana$26,704$12.84971
42Delaware$27,421$13.18198
43Georgia$24,718$11.881,945
44Mississippi$20,920$10.06477
45Tennessee$24,466$11.76980
46South Carolina$25,379$12.20722
47Kentucky$25,115$12.07542
48Alabama$23,372$11.24782
49Arkansas$24,227$11.65385
50West Virginia$23,639$11.36234
51Louisiana$23,419$11.26508

Highest Paying Cities For Security Officers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Seattle, WA$39,583$19.03
2San Francisco, CA$37,817$18.18
3Washington, DC$37,341$17.95
4Brooklyn Park, MN$36,317$17.46
5Boston, MA$35,368$17.00
6New York, NY$34,635$16.65
7Portland, OR$33,621$16.16
8Reno, NV$32,491$15.62
9Portland, ME$32,474$15.61
10Denver, CO$31,896$15.33
11Kansas City, MO$31,276$15.04
12Chicago, IL$30,837$14.83
13Baltimore, MD$30,685$14.75
14Phoenix, AZ$30,629$14.73
15Milwaukee, WI$30,446$14.64

Here Are The Five Most In Demand Cities Right Now:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Brooklyn Park, MN
  5. Boston, MA

Security Officer Salary Details

Security Officer Salary

What is a Security Officer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18
75th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
Average$30,319$2,527$15
25th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13
10th Percentile$23,000$1,917$11

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Unarmed Security Guard$31,986$2,666$15.3899,613
Community Services Officer$41,239$3,437$19.83181,257
Enforcement Officer$37,129$3,094$17.8582,142
Security/Customer Service$32,144$2,679$15.45224,564
Officer$54,835$4,570$26.36114,267
Security Supervisor$42,889$3,574$20.6287,236

Which Companies Pay Security Officers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, The Nightingale-Bamford School and Los Alamos National Laboratory are the highest paying companies for security officers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1The Nightingale-Bamford School$48,382$23.262
2Los Alamos National Laboratory$47,938$23.0519
3Sutter Health$46,753$22.4845
4Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center$45,949$22.0939
5Virginia Mason Medical Center$45,545$21.9022
6Exelon$45,062$21.6628
7Corning Incorporated$43,026$20.6918
8Sharp HealthCare$42,820$20.595
9Seattle Seahawks$42,584$20.473
10Stephens$42,510$20.443
11Brigham and Women's Hospital$41,993$20.1972
12Hoag$41,850$20.123
13Baystate Health$41,664$20.034
14Prime Healthcare$41,293$19.85113
15Philips$41,061$19.747
16Scripps Health$40,590$19.5110
17Massachusetts General Hospital$40,555$19.509
18Yale New Haven Health$39,996$19.2333
19Dignity Health$39,808$19.1479
20Dana-Farber Cancer Institute$39,806$19.1433

Security Officer Salary Trends

The salary for a security officer 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.

Security Officer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$22,600$10.88
Mid Level$26,800$12.90
Senior Level$37,000$17.81

Average Security Officer Salary Over Time

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

    Security Officer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$30,300$14.58+4.4%
    2021$29,000$13.93+4.0%
    2020$27,800$13.37+5.6%
    2019$26,300$12.63+4.2%
    2018$25,200$12.10+4.4%

    Recently Added Security Officer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Management & TrainingSecurity Officer-OvernightSaint Louis, MO06/02/2022$34,248
    Management & TrainingSecurity OfficerReno, NV06/02/2022$34,436
    Gardaworld Security Services U.S.Security Officer-Food ManufacturingMilwaukee, WI06/01/2022$33,392
    ConstellisArmed Security OfficerRadford, VA06/01/2022$33,914
    Treasure Island Resort & CasinoSecurity OfficerRiver Falls, WI06/01/2022$34,436
    Terra Staffing GroupSecurity Officer !Bellevue, WA06/01/2022$43,827
    Management & Training CorporationSecurity OfficerEdinburgh, IN06/01/2022$31,305
    SecuritasTransit Security Officer-Swing ShiftsVancouver, WA06/01/2022$37,754
    Gardaworld Security Services U.S.Security Officer-NOWMinneapolis, MN06/01/2022$36,523
    Gardaworld Security Services U.S.Security Officer-NOWDetroit, MI06/01/2022$31,305

    Security Officer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Security Officers the most?

    Hawaii pays Security Officers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $40,926 per year, or $19.68 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Security Officer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $40,198 per year.

    What type of Security Officer gets paid the most?

    Lead Security Officer gets paid the most. Lead Security Officer made a median salary of $73,184. The best-paid 10 percent make $99,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $53,000.

    What is a good starting salary for a Security Officer?

    A good starting salary for a security officer is $23,000 in the United States. That puts you in the 10th percentile of annual income for a security officer in the U.S., which is about what you would expect if you were new to the field. The average salary for security officers is $30,319, but that normally requires some level of experience to achieve. Furthermore, a good starting salary for a security officer 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).

    Do security officers make good money?

    No, security officers do not make good money. The average salary for a security officer is $16.74 per hour or $31.906 a year.

    Highest paying cities in the United States for security officers:

    How much do level 3 security guards make?

    Level 3 security guards make $35,891 per year. The range can start as low as $39,000 to as high as $65,000. Some factors such as armed or unarmed, experience level, and location impact the pay rate for a level 3 security guard.

    What's the highest-paying security job?

    The highest paying security job is experienced by security guards working at NASA. To boldly go where no security has gone before can earn you between $148,000 to $ $254,000 a year.

    Other high-paying armed security jobs at prestigious companies include.

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