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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 “Police Officers” (33-3050) and “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)
1,126,370 0.9 % $15.88 $33,030 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.17 $11.85 $14.27 $18.24 $24.19
Annual Wage (2) $21,150 $24,650 $29,680 $37,950 $50,310


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 691,090 72.20 $15.07 $31,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,710 0.69 $18.18 $37,800
Elementary and Secondary Schools 32,330 0.38 $17.87 $37,170
Traveler Accommodation 31,360 1.53 $16.11 $33,500
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 25,130 0.45 $19.10 $39,720

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 691,090 72.20 $15.07 $31,350
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 11,420 7.27 $15.79 $32,850
Spectator Sports 7,960 5.42 $15.96 $33,200
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 1,000 5.26 $23.07 $47,990
Gambling Industries 11,760 5.19 $15.14 $31,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems (8) (8) $29.24 $60,820
Natural Gas Distribution 60 0.05 $28.65 $59,600
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.01 $28.22 $58,690
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 870 0.06 $26.84 $55,820
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 390 0.09 $26.53 $55,180


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 162,850 9.37 1.22 $16.17 $33,640
New York 118,210 12.41 1.62 $18.03 $37,510
Texas 90,820 7.31 0.95 $14.78 $30,740
Florida 86,190 9.80 1.28 $14.01 $29,150
Illinois 46,120 7.65 1.00 $16.25 $33,800




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 14,810 20.47 2.67 $21.25 $44,200
Nevada 22,310 16.02 2.09 $15.89 $33,050
Hawaii 8,930 14.05 1.83 $16.67 $34,670
New York 118,210 12.41 1.62 $18.03 $37,510
New Jersey 40,170 9.83 1.28 $15.86 $33,000




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 14,810 20.47 2.67 $21.25 $44,200
Alaska 1,770 5.58 0.73 $20.70 $43,060
Washington 18,720 5.64 0.74 $19.73 $41,030
Missouri 17,330 6.14 0.80 $18.83 $39,160
Virginia 32,070 8.27 1.08 $18.27 $38,000





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 132,220 13.69 1.79 $17.58 $36,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 70,980 11.38 1.48 $15.82 $32,910
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 43,550 9.31 1.21 $16.20 $33,690
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 38,230 14.47 1.89 $14.15 $29,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 37,910 11.92 1.55 $21.33 $44,380
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 29,580 8.09 1.05 $14.46 $30,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 27,790 9.11 1.19 $15.00 $31,190
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 26,100 9.07 1.18 $15.09 $31,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 23,440 8.54 1.11 $13.03 $27,090
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 21,400 8.65 1.13 $18.55 $38,580