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Security guard salary in United States

How much does a Security Guard make in the United States?

Average base salary

$15.28
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a security guard is $15.28 per hour in the United States. 29.1k salaries reported, updated at November 29, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer hour
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Security Guards in United States

  1. Admiral Security Services, Inc
    3.2
    156 reviews21 salaries reported
    $19.96per hour
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Highest paying cities for Security Guards near United States

  1. New York, NY
    $18.10 per hour
    1.1k salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $17.16 per hour
    539 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $16.94 per hour
    125 salaries reported
  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $16.47 per hour
    142 salaries reported
  2. Brooklyn, NY
    $16.40 per hour
    371 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $15.93 per hour
    126 salaries reported
  1. Phoenix, AZ
    $15.91 per hour
    447 salaries reported
  2. Bronx, NY
    $15.68 per hour
    146 salaries reported
  3. Miami, FL
    $15.41 per hour
    203 salaries reported
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Where can a Security Guard earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Security Guards

Most recommended license

Baton Permit

(earn +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 $15.28 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201326increase by 26
2014106increase by 307.69%
201577decrease by 27.36%
201673decrease by 5.19%
201771decrease by 2.74%
2018132increase by 85.92%
2019179increase by 35.61%

Top companies hiring Security Guards on Indeed

Allied Universal
1st Centurion Security Service
Tenet Healthcare
WSSC Water
California State University
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Top certifications
Act 235
+30.29%salary
Top skills
Military Experience
+4.26%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
7 jobs11
3 jobs4
10 jobs11
181 jobs336
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Most common benefits for Security Guards

  • 401(k)
  • 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
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Salary satisfaction

Based 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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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Security Officer

57,311 job openings

Average $16.37 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Security Guard

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