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Security Guards Salary Information

The salary statistics of security guards are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of security guards within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The security guards annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Security Guards Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,640
25th Percentile Wage
$22,220
50th Percentile Wage
$26,900
75th Percentile Wage
$35,720
90th Percentile Wage
$48,370

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for security guards. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) security guards is $48,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,640. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 146% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of security guards from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$26,900
4.20% 10.89%
2016
$25,770
4.42% -
2015
$24,630
0.89% -
2014
$24,410
1.39% -
2013
$24,070
0.42% -
2012
$23,970
- -

Table 2. Security Guards Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of security guards in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for security guards occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $47,600. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $25,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$47,600
Finance and Insurance
$40,710
Information
$36,250
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,970
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,570
Manufacturing
$32,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$32,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$32,320
Educational Services
$32,010
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,980
Mining
$29,750
Construction
$28,330
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,120
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$28,100
Accommodation and Food Services
$27,800
Wholesale Trade
$27,790
Retail Trade
$27,320
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,150
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,170
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$25,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Security Guards by States

From the above tables we note that not only security guards salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of security guards in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,110 to $43,260. The highest paying state for security guards is Alaska with a median annual salary of $43,260. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,110. For more salary information of security guards profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$43,260
District of Columbia
$39,160
Washington
$33,920
North Dakota
$32,440
Virginia
$32,240
Hawaii
$31,940
Missouri
$31,640
New Hampshire
$31,580
Minnesota
$30,630
Massachusetts
$30,610
New York
$30,500
Wyoming
$30,350
Connecticut
$30,250
Maryland
$30,020
Illinois
$29,130
Vermont
$28,900
New Jersey
$28,880
Rhode Island
$28,720
Nebraska
$28,610
Colorado
$28,260
Utah
$27,890
Nevada
$27,840
California
$27,710
South Dakota
$27,320
Maine
$27,070
Kansas
$26,450
Georgia
$26,280
Wisconsin
$26,080
Oregon
$25,990
Idaho
$25,860
Oklahoma
$25,740
Texas
$25,290
North Carolina
$25,140
New Mexico
$25,090
Pennsylvania
$25,050
Delaware
$24,990
Arizona
$24,980
Ohio
$24,850
Montana
$24,810
South Carolina
$24,550
Iowa
$24,450
Arkansas
$24,320
Tennessee
$24,300
Louisiana
$24,020
Michigan
$23,880
Mississippi
$23,650
Indiana
$23,170
Florida
$23,130
West Virginia
$22,250
Kentucky
$21,570
Alabama
$21,500
Virgin Islands
$20,430
Guam
$18,980
Puerto Rico
$18,110



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