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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
1,114,380 0.9 % $15.41 $32,050 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $11.25 $13.70 $17.82 $23.87
Annual Wage (2) $20,290 $23,400 $28,490 $37,060 $49,650


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 683,730 72.45 $14.66 $30,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,820 0.70 $17.49 $36,370
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30,810 0.36 $17.16 $35,700
Traveler Accommodation 29,930 1.50 $15.45 $32,130
Real Estate 24,890 1.54 $18.19 $37,830

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 683,730 72.45 $14.66 $30,500
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 10,330 6.86 $16.71 $34,750
Spectator Sports 8,490 5.89 $15.60 $32,450
Gambling Industries 12,450 5.29 $14.78 $30,750
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 19,410 4.96 $13.98 $29,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 120 0.11 $29.67 $61,720
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 90 0.06 $27.01 $56,190
Water, Sewage and Other Systems (8) (8) $26.11 $54,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 850 0.18 $25.13 $52,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 890 0.06 $25.02 $52,030


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 155,540 9.15 1.19 $15.90 $33,070
New York 118,760 12.65 1.64 $17.22 $35,820
Texas 88,250 7.29 0.95 $14.46 $30,090
Florida 85,690 9.95 1.29 $13.36 $27,790
Illinois 47,460 7.92 1.03 $16.13 $33,560




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 13,410 18.82 2.44 $21.16 $44,010
Nevada 21,810 16.19 2.10 $14.47 $30,090
Hawaii 9,460 14.73 1.91 $16.03 $33,330
New York 118,760 12.65 1.64 $17.22 $35,820
Maryland 26,930 10.03 1.30 $17.62 $36,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,900 6.02 0.78 $22.69 $47,190
District of Columbia 13,410 18.82 2.44 $21.16 $44,010
Washington 18,130 5.56 0.72 $18.49 $38,470
Missouri 17,240 6.15 0.80 $18.09 $37,620
Maryland 26,930 10.03 1.30 $17.62 $36,650





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 131,250 13.82 1.79 $16.99 $35,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 69,830 11.41 1.48 $16.09 $33,460
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 44,130 9.51 1.23 $16.13 $33,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 37,520 14.49 1.88 $13.23 $27,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 36,110 11.52 1.50 $20.86 $43,390
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 28,440 7.97 1.04 $14.54 $30,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 27,140 9.53 1.24 $14.26 $29,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 26,260 8.80 1.14 $14.37 $29,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,180 7.52 0.98 $13.82 $28,740
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 19,230 19.49 2.53 $14.46 $30,080