Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
1,077,520 0.9 % $13.48 $28,040 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.52 $9.64 $11.74 $15.70 $21.25
Annual Wage (2) $17,720 $20,060 $24,410 $32,650 $44,200


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 638,660 74.65 $12.53 $26,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,050 0.71 $15.73 $32,720
Elementary and Secondary Schools 31,760 0.38 $15.41 $32,050
Traveler Accommodation 29,550 1.59 $14.19 $29,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 26,380 0.50 $16.91 $35,170

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 638,660 74.65 $12.53 $26,070
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 8,560 7.21 $14.71 $30,590
Spectator Sports 8,690 6.40 $14.63 $30,440
Facilities Support Services 8,630 6.24 $13.81 $28,730
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 990 5.68 $20.14 $41,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,700 1.21 $23.41 $48,700
Natural Gas Distribution 130 0.12 $23.39 $48,650
Securities and Commodity Exchanges (8) (8) $22.33 $46,450
Rail Transportation 160 0.07 $22.06 $45,890
Performing Arts Companies 1,170 0.98 $21.71 $45,150


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 148,740 9.84 1.23 $13.29 $27,650
New York 105,290 11.95 1.50 $15.37 $31,970
Texas 88,840 7.91 0.99 $12.62 $26,250
Florida 81,260 10.60 1.33 $11.04 $22,970
Illinois 49,680 8.62 1.08 $14.47 $30,110



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 12,750 18.89 2.37 $18.63 $38,750
Nevada 20,410 17.16 2.15 $13.17 $27,380
Hawaii 9,790 15.99 2.01 $13.38 $27,830
New York 105,290 11.95 1.50 $15.37 $31,970
Maryland 29,630 11.59 1.45 $15.46 $32,160



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 12,750 18.89 2.37 $18.63 $38,750
Alaska 1,960 6.04 0.76 $17.40 $36,200
Iowa 6,160 4.07 0.51 $16.71 $34,760
Washington 17,890 6.17 0.77 $15.77 $32,800
Idaho 2,430 3.87 0.49 $15.47 $32,180




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 80,970 15.02 1.88 $15.53 $32,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 52,160 12.86 1.61 $12.86 $26,750
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 41,850 11.15 1.40 $14.44 $30,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 32,890 13.83 1.73 $18.20 $37,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 26,200 9.22 1.16 $12.12 $25,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 22,500 10.05 1.26 $13.07 $27,190
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 19,420 18.54 2.33 $10.96 $22,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 18,860 10.13 1.27 $12.30 $25,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 18,630 7.80 0.98 $11.76 $24,470
Baltimore-Towson, MD 17,880 13.81 1.73 $14.16 $29,440