Training Requirements for Security Guards

Security guards need a high school diploma or equivalent and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Security guards
Percent
Less than High School 6.4
High School 35.3
Some College 31.7
Associates Degree 10.7
Bachelors Degree 12.8
Masters Degree 2.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.5

Employment Outlook for Security Guards

This represents about 1,095,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 55,000 more security guards but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 209,000 more.

Typical Income for Security Guards

Hourly Income

On average,security guards make $14.29 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Security guards $9.07 $10.23 $12.39 $16.65 $22.72
Protective service occupations $9.74 $12.32 $18.59 $28.70 $39.42
Other protective service workers $8.95 $10.10 $12.48 $17.19 $22.99
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers $9.08 $10.25 $12.43 $16.69 $22.76
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, security guards make $29,730 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Security guards $18,860 $21,290 $25,770 $34,620 $47,260
Protective service occupations $20,260 $25,630 $38,660 $59,700 $81,980
Other protective service workers $18,620 $21,000 $25,960 $35,750 $47,820
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers $18,880 $21,320 $25,840 $34,720 $47,350
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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