Information About Security Guards

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Training

Security guards need short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Security guards
Training for Security Guards
Percent
Less than High School 10.0
High School 36.3
Some College 29.3
Associates Degree 9.7
Bachelors Degree 12.1
Masters Degree 2.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.5

Employment

Represents about 1,076,000 people in the United States- 1.3% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 152,000 more security guards but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 373,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, security guards make $13.00 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Security guards $8.30 $9.42 $11.40 $14.90 $20.10
Protective service occupations $9.08 $11.70 $17.60 $26.80 $36.00
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, security guards make $27,040 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Security guards $17,260 $19,600 $23,900 $31,150 $41,860
Protective service occupations $18,880 $24,480 $36,740 $55,790 $74,900
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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