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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Security Guards Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,860
25th Percentile Wage
$21,290
50th Percentile Wage
$25,770
75th Percentile Wage
$34,620
90th Percentile Wage
$47,260

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 $47,260. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,860. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 150% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of security guards from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,7704.42%6.98%
201524,6300.89%-
201424,4101.39%-
201324,0700.42%-
201223,970--

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 $48,930. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $24,210).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$48,930
Finance and Insurance
$39,920
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,590
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,170
Information
$34,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,290
Manufacturing
$32,280
Educational Services
$31,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$30,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,660
Mining
$28,520
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,240
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,190
Wholesale Trade
$27,160
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,760
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,540
Construction
$26,500
Retail Trade
$25,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,220
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$24,210

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 $17,760 to $43,920. The highest paying state for security guards is Alaska with a median annual salary of $43,920. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,760. For more salary information of security guards profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$43,920
District of Columbia
$42,740
Washington
$31,440
Virginia
$30,500
North Dakota
$29,930
New York
$29,900
New Hampshire
$29,770
Wyoming
$29,720
Minnesota
$29,710
Hawaii
$29,350
Massachusetts
$29,300
Maryland
$29,170
Connecticut
$29,100
Nebraska
$28,980
Illinois
$28,970
Colorado
$28,380
Rhode Island
$28,220
New Jersey
$27,680
Vermont
$26,970
Idaho
$26,890
Utah
$26,750
California
$26,420
Nevada
$25,770
Oregon
$25,740
Kansas
$25,730
Georgia
$25,580
Montana
$25,470
Missouri
$25,350
Oklahoma
$25,320
New Mexico
$25,310
South Dakota
$25,290
Maine
$25,190
Arizona
$24,830
South Carolina
$24,710
Wisconsin
$24,690
Texas
$24,650
Delaware
$24,520
Tennessee
$24,270
Michigan
$24,260
North Carolina
$24,140
Pennsylvania
$23,960
Iowa
$23,850
Ohio
$23,640
Louisiana
$23,630
Indiana
$23,050
Arkansas
$22,450
Mississippi
$22,330
Florida
$22,280
Kentucky
$21,610
West Virginia
$21,580
Alabama
$20,100
Virgin Islands
$19,700
Guam
$18,910
Puerto Rico
$17,760



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