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

27.1k salaries reported, updated at July 29, 2021
$13.57
per hour

The average salary for a security guard is $13.57 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • 401(k) matching
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for security guards

Most recommended license

Baton Permit

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 $13.57 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%

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top certifications.Top certificationsAct 235+30.29%salary
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Act 235
+30.29%
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OSHA 30
+18.58%
4Company icon
EMT Certification
+22.10%
11Company icon
CPR Certification
+5.77%
336Company icon
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Information tooltip for top skills.Top skillsMilitary Experience+4.26%salary
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Military Experience
+4.26%
474Company icon
DoD Experience
+32.08%
3Company icon
EMT Experience
+23.11%
2Company icon
Conflict Management
+10.14%
13Company icon
Information tooltip for top licenses.Top licensesBaton Permit+12.94%salary
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Baton Permit
+12.94%
7 jobs
9Company icon
Firearms License
+5.55%
26 jobs
43Company icon

Most common benefits for Security Guards

  • 401(k) matching
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Referral program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Disability insurance
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Salary satisfaction

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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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