How Much do Security Guards Make?

Do security guards make a lot of money? What is the average pay for security guards?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, security guards in the United States earn an average of $33,030 a year, equivalent to $15.88 an hour. Security guards make 38% less than the average American worker.

Security guards in Alaska are the best paid, making $43,060 a year, while security guards in Mississippi make the least at $26,090.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Security Guard Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $24.19 $50,310
75th $18.24 $37,950
50th $14.27 $29,680
25th $11.85 $24,650
10th $10.17 $21,150
Security Guard Wages by State

In what states do security guards make the most? In what states do security guards make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $13.58 $28,260
Alaska $20.70 $43,060
Arizona $14.41 $29,980
Arkansas $14.23 $29,590
California $16.17 $33,640
Colorado $16.31 $33,930
Connecticut $16.51 $34,350
Delaware $14.58 $30,330
Florida $14.01 $29,150
Georgia $13.51 $28,090
Hawaii $16.67 $34,670
Idaho $14.83 $30,840
Illinois $16.25 $33,800
Indiana $15.42 $32,070
Iowa $15.74 $32,750
Kansas $14.01 $29,140
Kentucky $12.72 $26,460
Louisiana $14.31 $29,750
Maine $15.33 $31,880
Maryland $17.75 $36,920
Massachusetts $17.76 $36,950
Michigan $13.97 $29,050
Minnesota $17.31 $36,010
Mississippi $12.54 $26,090
Missouri $18.83 $39,160
Montana $13.69 $28,480
Nebraska $17.01 $35,380
Nevada $15.89 $33,050
New Hampshire $18.22 $37,900
New Jersey $15.86 $33,000
New Mexico $13.82 $28,750
New York $18.03 $37,510
North Carolina $16.24 $33,780
North Dakota $17.16 $35,690
Ohio $16.10 $33,490
Oklahoma $15.49 $32,220
Oregon $15.16 $31,530
Pennsylvania $14.47 $30,110
Rhode Island $14.76 $30,700
South Carolina $15.68 $32,620
South Dakota $14.53 $30,230
Tennessee $14.08 $29,280
Texas $14.78 $30,740
Utah $17.28 $35,940
Vermont $15.46 $32,150
Virginia $18.27 $38,000
Washington $19.73 $41,030
West Virginia $13.25 $27,550
Wisconsin $14.55 $30,270
Wyoming $16.65 $34,640
Metro Areas Where Security Guards Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Idaho Falls, ID $26.19 $54,470
San Luis Obispo, CA $24.63 $51,230
Syracuse, NY $23.21 $48,280
Durham, NC $23.17 $48,200
Pittsfield, MA $23.06 $47,960
Kennewick, WA $23.05 $47,940
Springfield, IL $22.23 $46,250
Barnstable Town, MA $21.85 $45,440
Kokomo, IN $21.72 $45,170
Washington, DC $21.33 $44,380
Security Guard Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $15.88 $33,030
2018 $15.41 $32,050
2017 $14.78 $30,730
2016 $14.29 $29,730
2015 $13.68 $28,460
2014 $13.48 $28,040
2013 $13.24 $27,550
2012 $13.10 $27,240
2011 $13.00 $27,040