Security Guard salary in United States
How much does a Security Guard make in the United States?
Average base salary
Most common benefits
The average salary for a security guard is $15.44 per hour in the United States. 30.3k salaries reported, updated at July 1, 2022.
Salaries by years of experience in the United States
|Years of experience||Per hour|
|Less than 1 year|
|1 to 2 years|
|3 to 5 years|
|6 to 9 years|
|More than 10 years|
Top companies for Security Guards in United States
Highest paying cities for Security Guards in United States
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Security Guards
Baton Permitearn +12.94% more
The jobs requiring this license have increase by 35.61% since 2018. Security Guards with this license earn +12.94% more than the average base salary, which is $15.44 per hour.
|Year||Number of job openings on Indeed requiring this license||Change from previous year|
|2013||26||increase by 26|
|2014||106||increase by 307.69%|
|2015||77||decrease by 27.36%|
|2016||73||decrease by 5.19%|
|2017||71||decrease by 2.74%|
|2018||132||increase by 85.92%|
|2019||179||increase by 35.61%|
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
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Most common benefits for Security Guards
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Opportunities for advancement
- Paid sick time
- Paid time off
- Paid training
- Professional development assistance
- Referral program
- Retirement plan
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
Salary satisfactionBased on 18,682 ratings
30% of Security Guards in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.
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