Annual Salary of a Security Guard and Security Officer in US

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What is the average annual salary for Security Guard or Security Officer?

That is a very good question. According to the US Government Agency – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the average annual salary of a security guard is $27,000 for the year 2013. Considering that the security guard job requires minimal training (many states require them to take only 8 hours of training, security guard salary per hour is considerably higher ($13.24) than many unskilled jobs.

National median salary of security guards (source: salary.com)

National median salary of security guards (source: salary.com)

Number of people employed as Security Guards nationwide in the United States Average Hourly
Salary
Average Annual
Salary 
1,066,730 $13.24 $27,550

The annual salary of a Security Guard can vary considerably based on several factors including, location, industry, company size, nature of the job, years of experience and education and training of the security guard. For example armed security guards often will be paid higher than unarmed security guards. Bank security guards often are paid more than the average wage since majority of them come under the category of armed security guards.

Median Salary/Wage of Security Guard

The following graph was obtained from Salary.com showing the median annual wage earned by a Security Guard.

State wise salary list of security guards and security officers in the United States for the year 2014 is shown below – this data was published by Indeed.com.

The salary of Security Officers are a few thousand higher than that of the security guard considering that often times a Security Officer has higher level of responsibility than a Security Guard. Interestingly the state which pays the highest for a security guard and security officer is New York  with an average annual salary of 26, 000 and 29, 000. Surprisingly the state of Hawaii pays the lowest with $13,000 and $15,000

State Name State Abbreviation Security Guard Salary Security Officer Salary Comment
New York NY

26,000

29,000

Highest Salary
Massachusetts MA

25,000

28,000

Connecticut CT

25,000

27,000

Georgia GA

24,000

27,000

Illinois IL

24,000

27,000

California CA

23,000

25,000

Mississippi MS

22,000

25,000

New Jersey NJ

23,000

25,000

Alabama AL

21,000

24,000

Maryland MD

22,000

24,000

Michigan MI

22,000

24,000

Virginia VA

21,000

24,000

Washington WA

21,000

24,000

Arkansas AR

21,000

23,000

Iowa IA

21,000

23,000

Indiana IN

21,000

23,000

Missouri MO

21,000

23,000

New Hampshire NH

21,000

23,000

Ohio OH

20,000

23,000

Pennsylvania PA

20,000

23,000

South Carolina SC

20,000

23,000

Texas TX

21,000

23,000

Florida FL

20,000

22,000

North Carolina NC

20,000

22,000

Oregon OR

20,000

22,000

Rhode Island RI

19,000

22,000

Tennessee TN

19,000

22,000

West Virginia WV

20,000

22,000

Colorado CO

19,000

21,000

Delaware DE

19,000

21,000

Kansas KS

19,000

21,000

Maine ME

19,000

21,000

Minnesota MN

19,000

21,000

Montana MT

19,000

21,000

North Dakota ND

19,000

21,000

New Mexico NM

19,000

21,000

Oklahoma OK

19,000

21,000

Vermont VT

19,000

21,000

Wisconsin WI

19,000

21,000

Kentucky KY

18,000

20,000

Louisiana LA

18,000

20,000

Wyoming WY

18,000

20,000

Arizona AZ

18,000

19,000

Alaska AK

16,000

18,000

Nevada NV

17,000

18,000

South Dakota SD

16,000

18,000

Utah UT

16,000

18,000

Nebraska NE

15,000

17,000

Idaho ID

14,000

16,000

Hawaii HI

13,000

15,000

Lowest Salary

 

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