Security Guard

Average Security Guard Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


Security guards are extremely important to public safety. Stores, museums, colleges and concert venues all hire security guards to keep others safe. Security guards also work for celebrities and other well-known people in society. The best security guards are extremely attentive, detailed and ambitious individuals who care about others.

Example security guard job description

Our company is seeking a detailed leader to serve as the security guard for our busy location. On a daily basis, the security guard will be responsible for patrolling the grounds, surveilling security cameras, performing safety checks and responding to calls from employees and visitors. The ideal person for this position will have a strong passion for serving others, the ability to act quickly and the desire to follow rules. If you are a person who wants to make a difference in an exciting career, this position is for you!

Typical duties include:

  • Patrol the area to ensure safety and security

  • Authorize all visitors and guests and stop unauthorized persons and trespassers

  • Secure access points and entryways

  • Maintain rules and regulations and address visitors who break them

  • Watch surveillance cameras to identify out of the ordinary happenings

  • Investigate suspicious activity and report suspicious behavior

  • Maintain communication with company leaders

  • Respond to requests for service

  • Keep a detailed log of daily duties


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of local and federal laws

  • Experience with technology, surveillance equipment and security systems

  • First Aid and CPR Certification

  • Self-defense training

  • Surveillance skills and observation skills

  • Security Officer License

  • High school diploma or GED

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a security guard

Common questions about security guard jobs

How much does a security guard make?

The average pay for security guards is $13.72 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

In most states, security guards are required to be licensed by the state and have a high school diploma or GED.

Career paths for security guards

For many people, a security guard position is just the beginning of an exciting law enforcement career. Many security guards go on to become police officers.

The future of security guards

In the future, there will always be a need for security guards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job of a security guard is expected to grow by 4% over the next 10 years, which is as fast as all other professions.

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