Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

33-9032 Security Guards

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
1,028,830 0.8 % $12.70 $26,430 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.10 $9.35 $11.45 $14.70 $19.34
Annual Wage (2) $16,840 $19,460 $23,820 $30,580 $40,230


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Investigation and Security Services 598,790 $11.76 $24,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 38,730 $15.56 $32,370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 36,950 $14.74 $30,660
Elementary and Secondary Schools 31,610 $14.67 $30,510
Traveler Accommodation 27,950 $13.37 $27,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 320 $31.06 $64,610
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,780 $22.39 $46,560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 3,670 $21.56 $44,850
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,080 $20.16 $41,930
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 360 $20.13 $41,860


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 12,070 $17.79 $37,010 18.941
Hawaii 10,440 $12.62 $26,240 17.756
Nevada 19,370 $13.18 $27,420 16.418
New York 97,590 $13.60 $28,280 11.498
Florida 77,120 $11.06 $23,000 10.485

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 2,220 $17.80 $37,030 7.197
District of Columbia 12,070 $17.79 $37,010 18.941
Washington 15,060 $17.03 $35,420 5.397
Vermont 1,040 $14.83 $30,840 3.525
Maryland 24,780 $14.58 $30,320 9.900


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 20,620 $11.08 $23,040 21.012
Honolulu, HI 8,640 $12.31 $25,600 20.067
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 15,990 $12.90 $26,830 18.629
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 8,760 $11.54 $24,010 17.167
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 2,370 $13.09 $27,230 17.022

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 620 $22.63 $47,080 6.532
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 540 $21.87 $45,490 5.449
Ithaca, NY 130 $21.57 $44,870 2.521
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,970 $18.76 $39,020 5.675
Napa, CA 240 $18.27 $38,000 3.895


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010