Average Base Pay
11.3% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Security Guards role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $19,600. A Security Guards candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $20,440. A person in a mid-career Security Guards role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $23,500 a year. Security Guards with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $30,220. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Security Guards role’s annual salary averages $41,570 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Security Guards position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $23,500 higher than the national average for Security Guards positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Security Guards roles that can advance both internally and with another company.