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Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officer Salary Information

The salary statistics of security guards and gaming surveillance officers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of security guards and gaming surveillance officers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of security guards and gaming surveillance officers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The security guards and gaming surveillance officers 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 and Gaming Surveillance Officer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,880
25th Percentile Wage
$21,320
50th Percentile Wage
$25,840
75th Percentile Wage
$34,720
90th Percentile Wage
$47,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for security guards and gaming surveillance officers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) security guards and gaming surveillance officers is $47,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,880. 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 and gaming surveillance officers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201625,8404.49%7.04%
201524,6800.85%-
201424,4701.43%-
201324,1200.41%-
201224,020--

Table 2. Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of security guards and gaming surveillance officers 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 and gaming surveillance officers 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
$35,460
Information
$34,980
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,290
Manufacturing
$32,290
Educational Services
$31,590
Health Care and Social Assistance
$30,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,660
Mining
$28,540
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,240
Wholesale Trade
$27,160
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$27,160
Accommodation and Food Services
$27,070
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,050
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



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