Security Guard Salary in the US

$34,580
per year
per month
$2,880
per month
per year
Bonus
$420/year
Bonus
$30/month

Security Guard - Average Salary

The average salary for a Security Guard is $34,580 per year ($2,880 per month), which is $18,910 (-35%) lower than the average salary in the United States.
A Security Guard can expect an average starting salary of $20,350. The highest salaries can exceed $72,490.
$20,350
Low
$34,580
Average salary
$72,490
High
$1,700
Low
$2,880
Average salary
$6,040
High
Total pay includes salary and bonus.
$0
$38,600
$77,190
Salary$20,350 - 72,490
Bonus$0 - 4,700
Total Pay$20,350 - 77,190
$0
$3,220
$6,430
Salary$1,700 - 6,040
Bonus$0 - 390
Total Pay$1,700 - 6,430

Security Guard Salary Range

Low
$20,350
Average salary
$34,580
Experienced
$46,580
High
$72,490
Low
$1,700
Average salary
$2,880
Experienced
$3,880
High
$6,040
Among Security Guards in the U.S., School Security Guards and Mall Security Guards tend to have the lowest salaries, while Nuclear Power Plant Security Guards, Private Security Guards or Celebrity Security Guards enjoy the highest salaries.

Security Guard - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Celebrity Security Guard$46K/year
+34% 
Nuclear Power Plant Security Guard$44K/year
+26% 
Armed Security Guard$41K/year
+18% 
Private Security Guard$40K/year
+16% 
Museum Security Guard$37K/year
+8% 
Hospital Security Guard$36K/year
+5% 
Mall Security Guard$36K/year
+4% 
Unarmed Security Guard$34K/year
 -2%
School Security Guard$33K/year
 -6%

Security Guard - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Security Guard with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $24,730 per year. A mid career Security Guard with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $32,260, while an experienced Security Guard with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $43,480. Security Guards with more than 20 years of experience earn $46,550 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Security Guard

Late Career▲ +35%
Experienced▲ +26%
Average Salary$34,580/year
Mid Career▼ -7%
Entry Level▼ -28%

Gender Breakdown

Female
13%
Male
87%

Security Guard - Jobs by Location

Security Guard - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Security Guard jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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