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According to the BLS, security guards earned a median average salary of $23,970. The best-paid earned about $42,490, while the lowest-paid made approximately $17,390. The highest earners worked in the metropolitan areas of El Centro, Calif., Burlington, N.C., and Ithica, N.Y.

Job Salary Year
2004 $26,290.00
2006 $28,380.00
2008 $31,500.00
2010 $26,870.00
2012 $27,240.00

Average Security Guard Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

In 2012, security guards made a mean salary of $27,240, which is less than most social services jobs. The average patrol officer ($57,770) earns more than double what the average security guard makes, but security guards make slightly more than the average salary for hairdressers ($26,790), janitors ($24,850) and restaurant cooks ($23,300).

Job Name Salary
Patrol Officer $55,270.00
Security Guard $23,970.00
Hairdresser $22,700.00
Janitor $22,320.00
Restaurant Cook $22,030.00

Best Paying Cities for Security Guards

The highest paid in the security guard profession work in the metropolitan areas of El Centro, Calif., Burlington, N.C., and Ithaca, N.Y. The San Luis Obispo, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Amarillo, Texas.

El Centro, Calif.

Average Salary: $51,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a security guard working in El Centro, Calif. is $51,780, which is $27,810 more than the average pay in the profession.

Burlington, N.C.

Average Salary: $49,240 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a security guard working in Burlington, N.C. is $49,240, which is $25,270 more than the average pay in the profession.

Ithaca, N.Y.

Average Salary: $43,340 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a security guard working in Ithaca, N.Y. is $43,340, which is $19,370 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Average Salary: $41,290 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a security guard working in San Luis Obispo, Calif. is $41,290, which is $17,320 more than the average pay in the profession.

Amarillo, Texas

Average Salary: $41,010 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a security guard working in Amarillo, Texas is $41,010, which is $17,040 more than the average pay in the profession.

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