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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,103,120 0.9 % $14.29 $29,730 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $10.23 $12.39 $16.65 $22.72
Annual Wage (2) $18,860 $21,290 $25,770 $34,620 $47,260


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 657,130 72.92 $13.40 $27,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,570 0.69 $16.42 $34,140
Elementary and Secondary Schools 31,960 0.38 $16.43 $34,170
Traveler Accommodation 30,460 1.58 $14.82 $30,820
Local Government (OES Designation) 23,880 0.44 $17.56 $36,520

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 657,130 72.92 $13.40 $27,870
Spectator Sports 8,740 6.26 $14.36 $29,860
Facilities Support Services 8,900 5.97 $14.78 $30,730
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 21,490 5.66 $13.07 $27,190
Gambling Industries 14,540 5.64 $14.32 $29,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $30.08 $62,570
Rail Transportation 100 0.04 $24.99 $51,980
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,080 0.22 $24.73 $51,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 670 0.05 $24.41 $50,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 4,840 1.25 $24.31 $50,560


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 146,740 9.19 1.17 $14.79 $30,760
New York 112,750 12.39 1.58 $15.84 $32,950
Texas 88,360 7.52 0.96 $13.76 $28,620
Florida 85,510 10.40 1.32 $11.45 $23,810
Illinois 49,370 8.36 1.06 $15.17 $31,560




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 15,140 21.56 2.74 $20.85 $43,370
Nevada 21,230 16.70 2.13 $13.58 $28,260
Hawaii 9,770 15.46 1.97 $14.75 $30,690
New York 112,750 12.39 1.58 $15.84 $32,950
Maryland 27,720 10.49 1.34 $16.31 $33,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,070 6.39 0.81 $22.41 $46,610
District of Columbia 15,140 21.56 2.74 $20.85 $43,370
Washington 18,880 6.16 0.78 $16.92 $35,200
Idaho 2,800 4.22 0.54 $16.50 $34,320
Maryland 27,720 10.49 1.34 $16.31 $33,930





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 95,820 14.55 1.85 $15.68 $32,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 53,150 12.59 1.60 $14.89 $30,960
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 41,640 11.45 1.46 $15.32 $31,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 34,000 13.65 1.74 $19.80 $41,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 27,400 9.34 1.19 $13.95 $29,020
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 22,370 9.21 1.17 $14.21 $29,560
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 20,640 18.34 2.33 $11.18 $23,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,210 7.53 0.96 $13.92 $28,950
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 18,800 20.10 2.56 $13.68 $28,450
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 18,240 13.58 1.73 $14.77 $30,730