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Security Guard Salaries

So, you’ve made the decision to become a security guard?

Or maybe your already a security guard and want to see what the next step in your career is?

The following tables illustrate the average salaries for security guards in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Please note: the following figures should only be used as a guide as remunerations will vary based on the area, and the individual position.

 The United States:

PositionJob DescriptionRequirementsSalary per annum (USD)Hourly rate (USD)Overtime Pay (USD)
Security GuardPatrolling around industrial plants, establishments and other work sitesHigh school diploma
Experience in this field is always a plus
$20,000 to $35,000$8 to $14$10 to 22
Senior Security GuardInspects, monitors and controls security in a particular work site

In charge of people assigned to him/her

Expected to do paperwork
High school diploma
Must have completed an apprenticeship or some formal training

About 3 to 5 years of experience in this field
$22,000 to $56,000$10 to $19$13 to $29
Security ManagerIn charge of a group of security guards who are tasked to protect a particular work site

Creates the guidelines and procedures for enforcing security in said organization

Liaises with all departments in organization with regard to security measures
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Should have at least 5 years of experience in this field of work
$36,000 to $103,000n/an/a
Security DirectorCreates policies to ensure safety of people, property and even assets of an organization

Supervises operations for implementation of security measures

Communicates with agencies that enforce the law
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 7 years of experience
$78,000 to $145,000n/an/a
Top Corporate Security ExecutiveIn charge of development and implementation of security policies

Oversees the organization’s operations
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 10 years of experience
$108,000 to $226,000n/an/a

 

Canada

PositionJob DescriptionRequirementsSalary per annum (CAD)Hourly rate (CAD)Overtime Pay (CAD)
Security GuardPatrolling around industrial plants, establishments and other work sitesHigh school diploma
Experience in this field is always a plus
$21,000 to $37,000$10 to $16$8 to $26
Senior Security GuardInspects, monitors and controls security in a particular work site

In charge of people assigned to him/her

Expected to do paperwork
High school diploma
Must have completed an apprenticeship or some formal training

About 3 to 5 years of experience in this field
$22,000 to $43,000$11 to $17$11 to $37
Security ManagerIn charge of a group of security guards who are tasked to protect a particular work site

Creates the guidelines and procedures for enforcing security in said organization

Liaises with all departments in organization with regard to security measures
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Should have at least 5 years of experience in this field of work
$39,000 to $94,000$14 to $38n/a
Security DirectorCreates policies to ensure safety of people, property and even assets of an organization

Supervises operations for implementation of security measures

Communicates with agencies that enforce the law
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 7 years of experience
$50,000 to $154,000n/an/a
Top Corporate Security ExecutiveIn charge of development and implementation of security policies

Oversees the organization’s operations
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 10 years of experience
$89,000 to $209,000n/an/a

 

Australia

 Job DescriptionRequirementsSalary per annum (AUD)Hourly rate (AUD)Overtime Pay (AUD)
Security GuardPatrolling around industrial plants, establishments and other work sitesHigh school certificate

Experience in this field is always a plus
$35,000 to $60,000$17.2 to $26$2.01 to $39.91
Senior Security GuardInspects, monitors and controls security in a particular work site

In charge of people assigned to him/her

Expected to do paperwork
High school certificate

Must have completed an apprenticeship or some formal training

About 3 to 5 years of experience in this field
$39,000 to $76,000$17 to $29$20 to $44
Security ManagerIn charge of a group of security guards who are tasked to protect a particular work site

Creates the guidelines and procedures for enforcing security in said organization

Liaises with all departments in organization with regard to security measures
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Should have at least 5 years of experience in this field of work
$51,000 to $121,000n/an/a
Security DirectorCreates policies to ensure safety of people, property and even assets of an organization

Supervises operations for implementation of security measures

Communicates with agencies that enforce the law
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 7 years of experience
$58,000 to $141,000n/an/a
Top Corporate Security ExecutiveIn charge of development and implementation of security policies

Oversees the organization’s operations
Requires a bachelor’s degree

Must have 10 years of experience
$108,000 to $226,000n/an/a

 

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