Private Security Guard Salary in the United States

How much does a Private Security Guard make in the United States? The average Private Security Guard salary in the United States is $25,937 as of May 31, 2019, but the salary range typically falls between $23,333 and $28,872. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

What is a Private Security Guard?

A security guard (also known as a security inspector or protective agent) is a person employed by a public or private party to protect the employing party's assets (property, people, equipment, money, etc.) from a variety of hazards (such as waste, damaged property, unsafe worker behavior, criminal activity such as theft, etc.) by enforcing preventative measures. Security guards do this by maintaining a high-visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, looking (either directly, through patrols, or indirectly, by monitoring alarm systems or video surveillance cameras) for si...

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These charts show the average base salary (core compensation), as well as the average total cash compensation for the job of Private Security Guard in United States. The base salary for Private Security Guard ranges from $23,333 to $28,872 with the average base salary of $25,937. The total cash compensation, which includes base, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $23,426 to $29,038 with the average total cash compensation of $26,048.

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