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Security Guards

Other names for this job might include Airline Security Representative, Airport Screener, Airport Security Screener, Alarm Investigator, Armed Guard, Armed Security Guard, Armored Car Driver, Armored Car Guard, Bag Checker, Baggage Inspector

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How Much Do Security Guards Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Security Guards make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Security Guard will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$29730 per year
Hourly wage
$14.290 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Security Guards make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Security Guards is $29730. Their salary can also be as low as $18860 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $47260 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $14.290 and can range from $9.070 to $22.720 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Security Guard will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do Security Guards make with other careers, they have a salary rank of D.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$22.720$47260
Senior (Top 25%)$16.650$34620
Middle (Mid 50%)$12.390$25770
Junior (Bottom 25%)$10.230$21290
No experience (Bottom 10%)$9.070$18860

Entry-level Security Guards who starts out at $21290 can expect to make $25770 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $9.070 per hour while the top 10% makes over $22.720 per hour.

While the median wage is $25770 per annum or $12.390 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution23.4148700
Natural Gas Distribution23.3948650
Securities and Commodity Exchanges22.3346450
Rail Transportation22.0645890
Performing Arts Companies21.7145150
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing21.5444800
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers21.4644640
Engineering Services21.1844040
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services20.9843630
Other Insurance Related Activities20.8543370
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences20.7243090
Scientific Research and Development Services20.6742990
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities20.542640
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage20.4342490
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing20.3342280
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing20.2642130
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank20.1441900
Computer Systems Design and Related Services20.0641720
Support Activities for Mining20.0241630
Technical and trade schools, Local government owned19.9141420
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing19.4440440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services19.1439810
Grocery Stores19.0839690
Metal Ore Mining18.8439190
Food and Beverage Stores18.8239140
Rubber Product Manufacturing18.7939090
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing18.7338960
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing18.7138920
Testing Laboratories18.6838860
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance18.6638810
Wired Telecommunications Carriers18.6438770
Depository Credit Intermediation18.5438550
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.4238300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned18.4138300
Motion Picture and Video Exhibition18.3138090
Federal Executive Branch18.3138080
Federal government, including the US Postal Service18.3138080
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing18.2938030
Finance and Insurance18.2737990
Water, Sewage and Other Systems18.1737800
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities18.1337700
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing18.0937630
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries18.0937630
Motion Picture and Video Industries18.0937630
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing18.0137450
Office Administrative Services17.9837400
Scheduled Air Transportation17.9137250
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation17.8837180
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.8737170
Other Financial Investment Activities17.8137050
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers17.7336870
Waste Management and Remediation Services17.6436690
Inland Water Transportation17.636610
Hospitals, State government owned17.5136420
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing17.436190
Used Merchandise Stores17.3836150
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories17.3636120
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills17.3336050
Other Information Services17.3236030
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services17.3236020
Radio Broadcasting17.235770
Legal Services17.1335630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals17.1235620
Federal, State, and Local Government17.1235610
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service17.1235610
Death Care Services17.0735500
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities17.0635490
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing17.0135390
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers17.0135380
Other Personal Services17.0135380
Personal and Laundry Services16.9235190
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals16.9135170
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers16.8935130
Water Transportation16.8435020
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Local government owned16.834950
Broadcasting (except Internet)16.7934920
Radio and Television Broadcasting16.7734880
Paper Manufacturing16.7234780
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned16.6434600
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing16.5634440
Air Transportation16.5334380
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing16.5234350
Basic Chemical Manufacturing16.5134330
Social Advocacy Organizations16.4334180
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores16.434110
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities16.3634030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)16.3634020
Ship and Boat Building16.3534010
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services16.333910
State government, including schools and hospitals16.333910
Lessors of Real Estate16.2833860
Junior colleges, Privately owned16.233690
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned16.1933670
Mining (except Oil and Gas)16.1333560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned16.1333550
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned16.1233530
Hospitals, Local government owned16.1233530
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers16.0933470
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)16.0533390
Educational Support Services, Local government owned16.0533380
Special Food Services16.0333350
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing16.0233310
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service15.9433150
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers15.9333130
Chemical Manufacturing15.9233110
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)15.9133100
Building Material and Supplies Dealers15.8933050
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned15.8632990
Beverage Manufacturing15.8432950
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers15.8332930
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers15.8332930
Primary Metal Manufacturing15.8232910
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers15.8232900
Insurance Carriers15.7932850
Ambulance Services15.7832830
Shoe Stores15.7632790
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing15.7532750
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing15.7332720
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)15.7332720
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services15.7332710
Hospitals, Privately owned15.7232700
Local government, including schools and hospitals15.732660
Management of Companies and Enterprises15.732650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned15.6832620
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing15.6732600
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing15.6732590
Miscellaneous Manufacturing15.6632580
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned15.6632570
Communications Equipment Manufacturing15.6532560
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services15.6432530
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing15.6132480
Educational Services, Privately owned15.632450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)15.5932420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned15.5932420
Real Estate15.5832410
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing15.5332310
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned15.4932220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing15.4832190
Support Activities for Rail Transportation15.4632170
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)15.4632160
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing15.4532140
Junior colleges, Local government owned15.4532140
Waste Treatment and Disposal15.4132060
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)15.4132050
Educational Services, State government owned15.432040
Educational Services, Local government owned15.432030
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)15.432020
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned15.3531930
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing15.3331880
Miscellaneous Store Retailers15.231620
Junior colleges, State government owned15.231620
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries15.231620
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers15.1931590
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing15.1731560
Machinery Manufacturing15.1731550
Health and Personal Care Stores15.1731550
Pharmacies and Drug Stores15.1631530
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing15.1331460
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists15.0831360
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services15.0731350
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)15.0131210
Specialty hospitals, State government owned14.9931180
Ambulatory Health Care Services14.9431070
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing14.9331060
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)14.8930960
Support Activities for Water Transportation14.8530890
Offices of Physicians14.8530880
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing14.8430870
Outpatient Care Centers14.8130810
Furniture Stores14.830790
Home Health Care Services14.830790
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers14.7830740
Warehousing and Storage14.7730720
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers14.7530680
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events14.7130590
Nonscheduled Air Transportation14.730570
Footwear Manufacturing14.6630500
Spectator Sports14.6330440
Gasoline Stations14.6230410
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing14.6230400
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions14.5930350
Publishing Industries (except Internet)14.5930340
Educational Support Services, Privately owned14.5930340
Grantmaking and Giving Services14.5330230
Activities Related to Real Estate14.5230190
Nondepository Credit Intermediation14.5130180
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters14.4930150
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing14.4930140
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)14.4530060
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers14.3929920
Specialty Food Stores14.3829910
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing14.3729890
Other Support Services14.3529840
Offices of Other Health Practitioners14.3429830
Transportation and Warehousing14.3429820
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing14.3129760
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods14.3129760
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers14.2929710
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores14.2829700
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers14.2829700
Repair and Maintenance14.2529640
Dairy Product Manufacturing14.2329600
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers14.2329600
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation14.229540
Support Activities for Animal Production14.1929520
Traveler Accommodation14.1929520
Religious Organizations14.1929510
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores14.1629450
Civic and Social Organizations14.1629450
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)14.1229360
Plastics Product Manufacturing14.1129350
Television Broadcasting14.0929310
Oil and Gas Extraction14.0829290
Coal Mining14.0829280
Forging and Stamping14.0529220
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors14.0429200
Technical and trade schools, State government owned14.0129140
Business Support Services14.0129130
Casino Hotels13.9929100
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers13.8928900
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned13.8828880
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing13.8728860
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods13.8728850
Vocational Rehabilitation Services13.8728850
Facilities Support Services13.8128730
Wholesale Trade13.828710
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction13.7928680
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing13.7828670
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing13.7728650
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores13.7728640
Newspaper Publishers13.7628610
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services13.7528610
Apparel Manufacturing13.7428580
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing13.7328560
Home Furnishings Stores13.7328560
Construction of Buildings13.7328550
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations13.7128510
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers13.6728420
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing13.6528400
Residential Building Construction13.6528390
Automobile Dealers13.6528380
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction13.6328340
Telephone Call Centers13.5928270
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities13.5628210
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing13.5528190
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers13.5228130
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations13.528090
All industries13.4828040
Gambling Industries13.4728020
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations13.4728020
Specialized Freight Trucking13.4728010
Child Day Care Services13.4427960
Amusement Parks and Arcades13.4427950
Printing and Related Support Activities13.4327920
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing13.3927860
Support Activities for Air Transportation13.3927840
Land Subdivision13.3627780
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries13.3527780
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers13.3527770
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing13.3327720
Other Food Manufacturing13.327670
Accommodation and Food Services13.2927650
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing13.2827630
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing13.2827620
Elementary and Secondary Schools, State government owned13.2527560
Food Manufacturing13.2427550
All industries, private ownership only13.2327530
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing13.2227490
Truck Transportation13.2127480
Social Assistance13.2127470
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance13.1627370
General Freight Trucking13.1527360
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses13.1427340
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing13.1427330
Drycleaning and Laundry Services13.1427320
Support Activities for Transportation13.1327300
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing13.1227290
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)13.1127280
Retail Trade13.127250
Nonstore Retailers13.0627170
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities13.0627170
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries13.0527140
Urban Transit Systems13.0427130
Individual and Family Services13.0227090
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services13.0227090
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services13.0227080
Restaurants and Other Eating Places12.9927010
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers12.9726980
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation12.8926800
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing12.8726780
Security Systems Services12.826630
Clothing Stores12.7726560
Rooming and Boarding Houses12.7726560
Support Activities for Road Transportation12.7526520
Full-Service Restaurants12.726420
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services12.5526110
Administrative and Support Services12.5526110
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing12.5426090
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel12.5426090
Investigation and Security Services12.5326070
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services12.5326070
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing12.5126020
Other Support Activities for Transportation12.5126020
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly12.4925980
Food Services and Drinking Places12.4925980
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers12.4825950
Animal Slaughtering and Processing12.4625920
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities12.4625920
Direct Selling Establishments12.4625910
School and Employee Bus Transportation12.4425880
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores12.425790
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities12.425790
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers12.425780
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry12.3325660
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities12.3225620
Electronics and Appliance Stores12.3125610
Textile Mills12.1525270
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)12.0825130
Other General Merchandise Stores12.0625090
Employment Services12.0525060
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation12.0124990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying1224970
Fabric Mills11.9824930
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting11.8724680
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction11.8524650
Wood Product Manufacturing11.8324610
Other Residential Care Facilities11.7524440
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers11.7224380
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps11.7224370
Sawmills and Wood Preservation11.724330
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores11.724330
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores11.6724280
General Merchandise Stores11.6424210
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing11.6224160
Department Stores11.5824090
Other Wood Product Manufacturing11.4623840
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing11.4523810
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging11.4423800
Sporting Goods Stores11.4423790
Animal Food Manufacturing11.2323370
Freight Transportation Arrangement11.1823250
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers11.1623210
Rental and Leasing Services11.0723030
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation10.7822430
Support Activities for Crop Production10.7522360
Consumer Goods Rental10.7522360
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing10.7222300
Forestry and Logging10.6722190
Automotive Repair and Maintenance10.5922030
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance10.5621970
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities10.2821380

Not all industries pay the same for Security Guards.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Security Guard is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Security Guards are in the states of DC, AK, WA, MN and VA. The average salary in DC is $39010.

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