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Security guard salary in United States

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

Average base salary

Average $16.62
Low $12.45
High $22.20
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a security guard is $16.62 per hour in the United States. 33.3k salaries reported, updated at September 21, 2023

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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. Excalibur Security
    32 reviews32 salaries reported
    $19.10per hour
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Highest paying cities for Security Guards near United States

  1. San Francisco, CA
    $21.73 per hour
    333 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $17.95 per hour
    1.3k salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $17.85 per hour
    476 salaries reported
  1. Brooklyn, NY
    $17.81 per hour
    499 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $17.72 per hour
    728 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $15.84 per hour
    239 salaries reported
  1. Philadelphia, PA
    $15.75 per hour
    201 salaries reported
  2. Las Vegas, NV
    $15.45 per hour
    276 salaries reported
  3. Miami, FL
    $14.56 per hour
    262 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 $16.62 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

Bellin Health
NW Overwatch LLC
U.S. Army
City of San Antonio
Montgomery County Public Schools (AL)
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Top certifications
Act 235
Top skills
Military Experience

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

Job openings

Average $16.63 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Security Guard

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