Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
1,066,730 0.8 % $13.24 $27,550 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.42 $9.54 $11.57 $15.33 $20.75
Annual Wage (2) $17,510 $19,850 $24,070 $31,890 $43,150


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 626,690 75.13 $12.29 $25,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 39,650 0.72 $15.54 $32,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,750 0.72 $15.70 $32,660
Elementary and Secondary Schools 29,960 0.36 $15.18 $31,580
Traveler Accommodation 26,840 1.51 $14.01 $29,150

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 626,690 75.13 $12.29 $25,570
Facilities Support Services 10,350 7.81 $13.13 $27,310
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 6,770 6.44 $14.30 $29,750
Spectator Sports 7,360 5.53 $14.84 $30,860
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 19,270 5.43 $12.04 $25,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 200 0.18 $23.14 $48,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,070 1.31 $21.76 $45,270
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 130 0.10 $21.74 $45,220
Performing Arts Companies 1,270 1.08 $21.17 $44,040
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 270 0.29 $21.12 $43,940


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 140,850 9.57 1.19 $13.27 $27,600
New York 105,090 12.17 1.51 $15.00 $31,190
Texas 87,020 7.97 0.99 $12.42 $25,840
Florida 80,090 10.75 1.34 $11.03 $22,940
Illinois 50,990 8.94 1.11 $13.18 $27,410




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 13,440 20.18 2.51 $17.67 $36,750
Nevada 20,220 17.55 2.18 $13.22 $27,490
Hawaii 9,540 15.84 1.97 $12.80 $26,620
New York 105,090 12.17 1.51 $15.00 $31,190
Maryland 28,270 11.15 1.39 $15.87 $33,010




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 13,440 20.18 2.51 $17.67 $36,750
Alaska 2,070 6.42 0.80 $17.11 $35,580
Iowa 5,970 4.00 0.50 $15.95 $33,170
Maryland 28,270 11.15 1.39 $15.87 $33,010
Idaho 2,340 3.82 0.47 $15.23 $31,690





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 81,690 15.58 1.94 $15.18 $31,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50,740 12.76 1.59 $12.81 $26,640
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 41,370 11.18 1.39 $13.02 $27,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 34,570 14.60 1.82 $17.82 $37,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 25,150 9.12 1.13 $11.75 $24,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 21,730 10.11 1.26 $13.08 $27,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 20,190 8.75 1.09 $11.48 $23,880
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 18,830 18.40 2.29 $10.97 $22,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 18,550 10.08 1.25 $12.30 $25,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 17,650 9.91 1.23 $13.52 $28,120