why bad businesses pay very low when hiring security companies?

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mst in Wilmington, North Carolina

40 months ago

I was doing a search, wondering why security guards got such low pay. I have been in the service industry for many years, and I am about to go to school for criminal justice. I was thinking about getting a job as a security guard, to help a little with my resume, but after seeing the wages they are getting, FORGET THAT. I make $13.00 as a cook, security guards make 9 an hour at best? Its no wonder most companies security sucks. Guess I'll just keep flippin burgers for the time being.

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Lake Valerius in Decatur, Alabama

38 months ago

First, contract security is just that: by contract. When the client hires a security company, they pay "X" amount per contract hour. The security company divides that money between office personnel (branch manager, secretary, etc.), overhead (office bills, insurance, taxes, uniforms, etc.) and the security officer, who is LAST in line. By that time, there's little left.

Second, very few clients actually want "security" these days. They want someone to keep pesky cold-calls away, or someone to blame for whatever goes wrong on nights and weekends. But the biggest incentive for having security guards on-site is the break the clients get in their insurance policies.

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Security Facts in Atlanta, Georgia

37 months ago

Reguardless of who gets paid first, you still must keep the(contract security) kettle (Security pay)hot enought to serve(highest security production) hot tea to everyone involved. If the kettle's(contract security) fire (contract security's pay)not high enough,then the tea (Security production)will not be hot(pay enough) enough to enjoy. Simple as that.

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Jackson50msncom in California

26 months ago

Lake Valerius in Decatur, Alabama said: First, contract security is just that: by contract. When the client hires a security company, they pay "X" amount per contract hour. The security company divides that money between office personnel ( branch manager , secretary, etc.), overhead (office bills, insurance , taxes, uniforms, etc.) and the security officer, who is LAST in line. By that time, there's little left.

Second, very few clients actually want "security" these days. They want someone to keep pesky cold-calls away, or someone to blame for whatever goes wrong on nights and weekends. But the biggest incentive for having security guards on-site is the break the clients get in their insurance policies.

I worked for ups here yes you are right by the time done with massive layoffs they will just be another alarm company like ADT Alarm company that use to be a contract security company no longer. UPS will keep down sizing turn into alarm company already have there vans etc and there alarm systems they will keep merging laying managers off go to the alarm company.

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Jackson50msncom in California

26 months ago

mst in Wilmington, North Carolina said: I was doing a search, wondering why security guards got such low pay. I have been in the service industry for many years, and I am about to go to school for criminal justice . I was thinking about getting a job as a security guard, to help a little with my resume, but after seeing the wages they are getting, FORGET THAT. I make $13.00 as a cook , security guards make 9 an hour at best? Its no wonder most companies security sucks. Guess I'll just keep flippin burgers for the time being.

Stay with foods there are massive layoffs in security companies going to merge to alarm companies. I mean like ADT alarm co out here in Ca.

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Gene in Lancaster, California

21 months ago

Federal gigs seem to be the only ones that are paying at a decent rate. The wages and fringe benefits on a federal service contract are governed by the Service Contract Act, and as such, the pay tends to be high enough to attract quality workers. In regards to armed federal security contracts, an applicant is generally required to have 3yrs of armed experience within the last 5yrs, or POST certification, or military service. You have to pay your dues in the industry before you can start making top dollar.

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Rossini17 in Decatur, Georgia

17 months ago

mst in Wilmington, North Carolina said: I was doing a search, wondering why security guards got such low pay. I have been in the service industry for many years, and I am about to go to school for criminal justice . I was thinking about getting a job as a security guard, to help a little with my resume, but after seeing the wages they are getting, FORGET THAT. I make $13.00 as a cook , security guards make 9 an hour at best? Its no wonder most companies security sucks. Guess I'll just keep flippin burgers for the time being.

Guess that's why they love hiring unexperienced kids here in atlanta.

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MJM in Fremont, California

6 months ago

The pay is generally low, although, there are some companies that pay good. I worked for U.S. Security in California as an unarmed guard. They were paying me $12.50 hr. The job was only a temp job, so it was over after 6 months. You have to look around for the better paying companies. Some security companies are just plain bad. The worst security company I dealt with is called TLG Security. They absolutely suck!

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ShirWill in Provo, Utah

5 months ago

I used to work for a company that had off-duty police officers come in for about 6 hours a night and paid them pretty well. It's not exactly easy to find good paying security jobs, but it's also not impossible. I would suggest looking around for something that pays a bit more. If you do the research I'm sure you'll be able to find something you'll like.
<a href='www.finchsecurity.ca' >www.finchsecurity.ca</a>

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TreatmelikeaCustomer in West Harford, Connecticut

1 month ago

mst in Wilmington, North Carolina said: I was doing a search, wondering why security guards got such low pay. I have been in the service industry for many years, and I am about to go to school for criminal justice . I was thinking about getting a job as a security guard, to help a little with my resume, but after seeing the wages they are getting, FORGET THAT. I make $13.00 as a cook , security guards make 9 an hour at best? Its no wonder most companies security sucks. Guess I'll just keep flippin burgers for the time being.

Most security companies send you awful staff- remember it's a contract. They know the second it ends- they are out of a job. The higher ups make the money off the work that the guards do. Institutions NEED to realize that they would be better off, hiring their own. They don't learn about the company/clients that they serve and often companies hire bodies with pulses that will accept minimum wage.

When I managed an unnamed company like this I discovered there were officers who were sex offenders, had been fired from previous jobs (a few up to 5 times!) and some who have no education beyond middle school. It's REALLY bad

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gixerkiller in Gardena, California

1 month ago

Through my investigation of "security" companies here in SoCal, I found that most, if not all, think the populace is stupid. Now, I understand the "contract" form of security as it is intended, which, is not, the way it is being "used".

We will take the company I did a bit for as an example. Admiral Security Services had a contract (may still have it) with DHS/TSA for what is called CCSP. That is Certified Cargo Screening Program. What the job entails is examining, visually,chemically,and electronically all large cargo that is transported through airports. This required special training Federal background checks,credit check and even a non disclosure agreement about how the job is done and what equipment/procedures are used. The Federal site states that CCSP personnel are to be paid a minimum of 13 per hr in accordance with ICA and anti-terror legislation.......we were paid 10 per hr, left alone for hrs at a time (mandate is one supervisor/manager and one other inspector at all times)
not given proper ID and a host of other issues.

The claim was, the contract only pays 10 per "guard"....Now, the DHL manager had no idea that we were not being paid what was agreed/ordered.

So, what my point is, The companies claim that a contract only pays 9 per hr per guard, the TRUTH is the contract pays at least double that per guard. This is a way for the companies to make extra profit. Now, I have studied business.....if you run your company based on contract work only, you will be out of business real soon because you will become financially insolvent and unable to pay the people who work for you.

The companies like ADT UPS AGS CPS are not a "contract" business, they only say they are since most people are gullible and do not do the research on pay and company.

Here in Los Angeles the pay is supposed to be no less than 24k per year for 0-1 year of experience. The median is supposed to be at about 31k.
99% pay 9 per hr ARMED!!

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