Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

33-9032 Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment. Excludes "Transportation Security Screeners" (33-9093).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,097,660 0.9 % $13.68 $28,460 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.82 $9.80 $11.84 $15.87 $21.64
Annual Wage (2) $18,350 $20,370 $24,630 $33,000 $45,010


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 649,980 74.29 $12.66 $26,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 36,960 0.70 $16.11 $33,510
Elementary and Secondary Schools 32,140 0.38 $15.88 $33,020
Traveler Accommodation 30,070 1.59 $14.49 $30,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 24,540 0.46 $17.34 $36,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 649,980 74.29 $12.66 $26,340
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 9,970 8.03 $15.31 $31,840
Facilities Support Services 9,910 6.91 $13.65 $28,390
Spectator Sports 8,410 6.08 $15.24 $31,710
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 22,360 6.05 $12.53 $26,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 100 0.09 $26.40 $54,900
Rail Transportation 110 0.05 $24.66 $51,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 650 0.05 $23.84 $49,580
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,230 1.33 $23.74 $49,370
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,080 0.22 $22.84 $47,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 151,130 9.75 1.23 $13.45 $27,970
New York 113,490 12.63 1.59 $15.48 $32,190
Texas 88,450 7.64 0.96 $13.31 $27,680
Florida 82,860 10.46 1.31 $11.10 $23,090
Illinois 49,250 8.41 1.06 $14.88 $30,940



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 13,110 19.39 2.44 $18.75 $39,010
Nevada 20,730 16.81 2.11 $13.24 $27,530
Hawaii 9,920 16.00 2.01 $14.00 $29,120
New York 113,490 12.63 1.59 $15.48 $32,190
Maryland 28,680 11.05 1.39 $15.32 $31,860



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 13,110 19.39 2.44 $18.75 $39,010
Alaska 2,030 6.22 0.78 $18.12 $37,690
Washington 19,850 6.65 0.84 $16.49 $34,310
Minnesota 10,550 3.81 0.48 $16.46 $34,230
Virginia 31,490 8.55 1.07 $16.12 $33,530




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 96,090 14.83 1.86 $15.32 $31,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 53,190 12.96 1.63 $12.83 $26,690
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 40,330 11.29 1.42 $14.91 $31,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 32,680 13.52 1.70 $18.56 $38,600
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 27,180 9.28 1.17 $13.23 $27,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 23,430 10.05 1.26 $13.24 $27,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,510 8.27 1.04 $12.62 $26,240
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 20,340 18.62 2.34 $10.84 $22,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 18,310 9.76 1.23 $13.85 $28,820
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 18,210 20.11 2.53 $13.30 $27,670