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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
1,105,440 0.9 % $14.78 $30,730 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.44 $10.68 $12.93 $17.17 $23.26
Annual Wage (2) $19,640 $22,220 $26,900 $35,720 $48,370


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 667,940 73.36 $13.92 $28,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,710 0.70 $17.01 $35,380
Traveler Accommodation 30,880 1.58 $15.15 $31,510
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30,410 0.36 $16.79 $34,920
Real Estate 26,040 1.65 $17.68 $36,780

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 667,940 73.36 $13.92 $28,960
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 10,400 7.41 $16.22 $33,740
Spectator Sports 8,400 5.93 $15.60 $32,440
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 20,860 5.39 $13.59 $28,270
Facilities Support Services 8,430 5.38 $15.21 $31,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 130 0.12 $28.51 $59,290
Residential Building Construction 80 0.01 $25.48 $53,000
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 840 0.18 $25.38 $52,790
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 5,250 1.35 $23.41 $48,700
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 380 0.10 $23.07 $47,990


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 151,110 9.05 1.17 $15.17 $31,560
New York 119,130 12.94 1.67 $16.53 $34,390
Texas 88,100 7.41 0.96 $14.44 $30,020
Florida 84,840 10.08 1.30 $12.09 $25,150
Illinois 45,730 7.71 0.99 $15.43 $32,090




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 13,900 19.63 2.53 $20.53 $42,700
Nevada 21,000 16.03 2.07 $14.15 $29,430
Hawaii 9,100 14.38 1.85 $15.74 $32,740
New York 119,130 12.94 1.67 $16.53 $34,390
Florida 84,840 10.08 1.30 $12.09 $25,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,000 6.29 0.81 $22.48 $46,770
District of Columbia 13,900 19.63 2.53 $20.53 $42,700
Washington 19,760 6.20 0.80 $17.99 $37,410
Missouri 17,140 6.15 0.79 $17.66 $36,740
North Dakota 1,410 3.39 0.44 $17.01 $35,390



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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 103,980 15.53 2.00 $16.26 $33,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 54,520 12.30 1.59 $15.31 $31,840
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 38,070 10.40 1.34 $15.46 $32,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 32,090 12.74 1.64 $19.97 $41,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 26,730 9.13 1.18 $14.68 $30,530
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 22,530 9.04 1.17 $14.49 $30,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,810 7.94 1.02 $13.97 $29,050
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 20,310 17.83 2.30 $11.29 $23,480
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 18,440 19.15 2.47 $14.32 $29,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 18,170 9.18 1.18 $13.57 $28,230


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 18,440 19.15 2.47 $14.32 $29,780
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 20,310 17.83 2.30 $11.29 $23,480
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 2,110 16.85 2.17 $14.00 $29,110
Beckley, WV 720 16.83 2.17 $10.34 $21,500
Urban Honolulu, HI 7,580 16.46 2.12 $15.26 $31,730
Columbia, SC 5,820 15.72 2.03 $14.59 $30,340
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 103,980 15.53 2.00 $16.26 $33,820
Flint, MI 2,090 15.14 1.95 $15.01 $31,220
Trenton, NJ 3,460 15.08 1.94 $17.40 $36,180
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 9,230 14.94 1.93 $13.70 $28,490