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Annual Salary of a Security Guard and Security Officer in US …

What is the average annual salary for Security Guard or Security Officer?

That is a very good question. According to the US Government Agency Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the average annual salary of a security guard is $27,000 for the year 2013. Considering that the security guard job requires minimal training (many states require them to take only 8 hours of training, security guard salary per hour is considerably higher ($13.24) than many unskilled jobs.

Number of people employed as Security Guards nationwide in the United States Average Hourly
Salary
Average Annual
Salary
1,066,730 $13.24 $27,550

The annual salary of a Security Guard can vary considerably based on several factors including, location, industry, company size, nature of the job, years of experience and education and training of the security guard.

For example armed security guards often will be paid higher than unarmed security guards. Bank security guards often are paid more than the average wage since majority of them come under the category of armed security guards.

Median Salary/Wage of Security Guard

The following graph was obtained from Salary.com showing the median annual wage earned by a Security Guard.

National median salary of security guards (source: salary.com)

National median salary of security guards (source: salary.com)

State wise salary list of security guards and security officers in the United States for the year 2014 is shown below this data was published by Indeed.com.

The salary of Security Officers are a few thousand higher than that of the security guard considering that often times a Security Officer has higher level of responsibility than a Security Guard. Interestingly the state which pays the highest for a security guard and security officer is New York with an average annual salary of 26, 000 and 29, 000.

Surprisingly the state of Hawaii pays the lowest with $13,000 and $15,000

State Name State Abbreviation Security Guard Salary Security Officer Salary Comment New York NY

26,000

29,000

Highest Salary Massachusetts MA

25,000

28,000

Connecticut CT

25,000

27,000

Georgia GA

24,000

27,000

Illinois IL

24,000

27,000

California CA

23,000

25,000

Mississippi MS

22,000

25,000

New Jersey NJ

23,000

25,000

Alabama AL

21,000

24,000

Maryland MD

22,000

24,000

Michigan MI

22,000

24,000

Virginia VA

21,000

24,000

Washington WA

21,000

24,000

Arkansas AR

21,000

23,000

Iowa IA

21,000

23,000

Indiana IN

21,000

23,000

Missouri MO

21,000

23,000

New Hampshire NH

21,000

23,000

Ohio OH

20,000

23,000

Pennsylvania PA

20,000

23,000

South Carolina SC

20,000

23,000

Texas TX

21,000

23,000

Florida FL

20,000

22,000

North Carolina NC

20,000

22,000

Oregon OR

20,000

22,000

Rhode Island RI

19,000

22,000

Tennessee TN

19,000

22,000

West Virginia WV

20,000

22,000

Colorado CO

19,000

21,000

Delaware DE

19,000

21,000

Kansas KS

19,000

21,000

Maine ME

19,000

21,000

Minnesota MN

19,000

21,000

Montana MT

19,000

21,000

North Dakota ND

19,000

21,000

New Mexico NM

19,000

21,000

Oklahoma OK

19,000

21,000

Vermont VT

19,000

21,000

Wisconsin WI

19,000

21,000

Kentucky KY

18,000

20,000

Louisiana LA

18,000

20,000

Wyoming WY

18,000

20,000

Arizona AZ

18,000

19,000

Alaska AK

16,000

18,000

Nevada NV

17,000

18,000

South Dakota SD

16,000

18,000

Utah UT

16,000

18,000

Nebraska NE

15,000

17,000

Idaho ID

14,000

16,000

Hawaii HI

13,000

15,000

Lowest Salary

California Security Guard Forbids Videography Outside Courthouse …

In another case of everybody knowing the rules except the idiots paid to enforce the rules, a man was shooting video outside a California courthouse when a security guard came rushing out, stating that he was not allowed to do so.

The guard informed the videographer that he needed a letter from a presiding judge in order to keep recording.

But the videographer, who goes by TheKenK1 on Youtube, showed the guard the policy that states he had every right to video record outside the courthouse.

In fact, that policy is available online 1and states the following in regards to cameras in and and out the courthouses in Sonoma County.

LIMITATIONS ON COVERAGE OF COURT FACILITIES OR LOCATIONS

The following limitations apply, if media request is granted, unless an exception is permitted by written judicial order See (Local Rule 21.3).

  1. Photographing or recording of any kind by the media and general public is not permitted in any part of a court facility or location, including, but not limited to lobby areas, hallways, stairs, and elevators. In addition, photographing, or electronic recording of any kind by the media and general public is not permitted within 50 feet of the entrances of the two courtrooms that occupy the first floor of the Hall of Justice (Courtroom #14 and #15).
  2. Photographing and recording devices must be turned off while transporting them in any area of any court facility or location.
  3. Any photographing or recording of the interior of a courtroom through glass door windows is prohibited.
  4. Photographing, or electronic recording of anyone wearing a juror badge, whether intentional or inadvertent, anywhere in any court facility or location is prohibited. The faces of anyone wearing a juror badge inadvertently depicted in the background of any photograph or recording must be blurred or digitized beyond recognition before publication or broadcasting.
  5. Except as limited in rule 21.3 (1) above, photographing, or recording at or near the entrances to any court facility or location is not prohibited, but such media coverage shall not obstruct pedestrian traffic or compromise security. (Eff.

    1/1/2005; Rev.

    1/1/2007, 7/1/2007, 1/1/2008, 1/1/2010, 7/1/2010)son consequent.

The problem as we ve seen so many times in the past is that guards fail to read beyond the first line, which in this case, makes it seem as if photography is not permitted anywhere near the courthouse without a written judicial order.

But as you can see by the fifth item listed above, there are no restrictions recording outside a courthouse as long as the cameras are not obstructing pedestrian traffic or otherwise compromising security, which hopefully means more than just debating with a clueless security guard about the rules he s supposed to enforce.

Even after the guard reviewed the policy, he still wouldn t allow him to record in front of the courthouse, insisting he still needed a letter from a presiding judge.

The videographer told him to call a deputy and the guard said he would.

Then the video ends without any more information as to what happened when the deputy arrived, if he ever did.

References

  1. ^ available online (sonoma.courts.ca.gov)

Security Guard Requirements in California

California Security Guard Requirements

California Security Guard Requirements

In the state of California, security guards are licensed and regulated by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS)1 under the Department of Consumer Affairs.

You must complete a pre-licensing course to get your security guard license (guard card). This course is generally referred to as guard card class in California.

The guard card course is an 8 hour long class and can be finished in a day. The course has two components. (1) Powers to Arrest and (2) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

To work as an unarmed security guard, in the state of California, you must be

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. Complete a criminal history background investigation through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and
  3. Take a 40-hour course of required training.

    Among the 40 hours, the first 8 hours should be taken before getting the license and the remaining 16 can be completed after getting your job within 30 days and last 16 hours can be completed in 6 months.

The training and exam may be administered by a certified training facility.

The following information is obtained from the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS)2 website.

Registration Requirements for Unarmed Security Guards in California

A security guard must have in his/her possession a valid security guard registration or a screen-print of the Bureau s approval from the Bureau s web site at www.bsis.ca.gov3, along with a valid photo identification, before working as a security guard.

Security guards are employed by licensed private patrol operators to protect persons or property and prevent theft. To be eligible to apply for a security guard registration, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Undergo a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and
  • Complete a 40-hour course of required training. The training and exam may be administered by any private patrol operator or by a certified training facility.

40 Hour Security Guard Training Requirement

Date of Completion Training Hours Needed Prior to Being Assigned on Post 8 Hours Training Required within the First 30 Days 16 Hours Training Required within the First Six Months 16 Hours TOTAL HOURS 40 HOURS

EXPEDITE PROCESSING

In order to speed up the security guard application and fingerprinting process, the following steps should be followed:

STEP 1

The security guard must have received the eight (8) hour “Power to Arrest ” training and passed the examination.

STEP 2

The security guard applicant, private patrol operator or the training facility must submit the security guard application online at
http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/online_licensing.shtml4.

The online application is sent electronically to the Bureau.

Breakdown of fees paid online:

Security Guard Application Fee

$50.00

Online Convenience Fee

$1.00

TOTAL

$51.00

STEP 3

The security guard applicant must submit fingerprints electronically using Live Scan. You must only use the security guard Live Scan forms downloaded from the Bureau s Web site or obtained from the Bureau. The Live Scan form from the Bureau contains the correct coding to ensure that the Bureau receives the FBI and DOJ responses.

Breakdown of fees paid at Live Scan site:

Department of Justice Fingerprint Fee

$32.00

Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Fee

$17.00

TOTAL

$49.00

Live Scan site locations are available at
http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php
Security Guard Live Scan forms can be downloaded at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/g.pdf56

Note: Live Scan sites may charge a Live Scan submission processing fee.

The Bureau does not set the fee amount.

STEP 4

Once the Bureau has received the online application and criminal history clearances, the cleared security guard will appear on the Bureau s Web site. The security guard, private patrol operator or training facility can verify the Bureau s approval by checking the Bureau s “Verify a License” at http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/wllqryna$lcev2.startup?p_qte_code=G&p_qte_pgm_code=24207. Once the security guard registration has been cleared and appears on the Bureau s Web site, a screen-print from the Web site may be made and used as an interim security guard registration.

The security guard can then be placed on assignment. The actual security guard registration will be mailed to the applicant and should be received in 10 to 15 business days.

STEP 5

Security guards placed on assignment must keep the following documents with them:

  1. A valid security guard registration or a screen print of the Bureau s approval obtained from the Bureau s Web site.
  2. A valid photo identification

NORMAL PROCESSING

The Bureau will continue to accept the following:

  • Submit your completed security guard application, a $50 registration fee and a Security Guard Live Scan form signed by the Live Scan operator, including the ATI number. A $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee, $17 FBI fingerprint processing fee, and Live Scan site processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site.

    Send your application package to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O. Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002.

Applications for registration as a security guard are available from private patrol operators or training facilities certified by BSIS.

FIREARM PERMIT

You may not carry a gun on duty without having been issued a firearm permit by the Bureau. Also, a firearm permit issued by the Bureau does not authorize you to carry a concealed weapon.

You may not carry a concealed weapon on duty without a Concealed Weapons Permit (CCW) issued by local authorities, nor carry a caliber handgun not listed on your firearm permit.

To apply for a firearm permit, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent legal alien status.
  • Pass a course in the carrying and use of firearms. The 14-hour (8 hours classroom, 6 hours range) training course covers moral and legal aspects, firearms nomenclature, weapon handling and shooting fundamentals, emergency procedures and range training.

    The course must be given by a Bureau-certified firearms training instructor at a Bureau-certified training facility. Written and range exams are administered at the end of the course. Costs of training are determined by the training facility.

    For a list of certified training facilities, call (916) 322-4000.

  • Submit a firearm permit application, pay the $80 application fee, and submit a Security Guard Registration w/Firearm Permit Live Scan form (http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/g_fq.pdf8) signed by the Live Scan site operator, including ATI number. A $38 Firearm Eligibility application, $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee, $17 FBI fingerprint processing fee, and Live Scan site processing fee must be paid at the Live Scan site. Send your application package to the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, P.O.

    Box 989002, West Sacramento, CA 95798-9002.

You may apply for both a guard registration and a firearm permit application at the same time to the Bureau along with a $130 fee.

Note: A firearms qualification card expires two years from the date it was issued. An applicant must requalify four times during the life of the permit: twice during the first year after the date of issuance, and twice during the second year. Requalifications must be at least four months apart.

TEAR GAS PERMIT

The law requires those who wish to carry tear gas on duty to complete a training course approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

For a list of certified training facilities call (800) 952-5210 or visit the Bureau s license look-up at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/verify_license.shtml9 and search by county.

BATON PERMIT

To carry a baton on duty, you must be a registered security guard and complete an eight-hour training course from a certified instructor. For a list of certified training facilities, call (800) 952-5210 or visit the Bureau s license look-up at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/verify_license.shtml10 and search by county.

If you have questions about registration as a security guard, call (800) 952-5210. If you have questions about your current guard card, call (916) 322-4000.

“Protection of the public shall be the highest priority for the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services in exercising licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions.

Whenever the protection of the public is consistent with other interests sought to be promoted, the protection of the public shall be paramount.”

References

  1. ^ California Security Guard Requirements (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  2. ^ California Security Guard Requirements (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  3. ^ www.bsis.ca.gov (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  4. ^ http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/online_licensing.shtml (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  5. ^ http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php (ag.ca.gov)
  6. ^ http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/g.pdf (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  7. ^ http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/wllqryna$lcev2.startup?p_qte_code=G&p_qte_pgm_code=2420 (www2.dca.ca.gov)
  8. ^ http://www.bsis.ca.gov/forms_pubs/livescan/g_fq.pdf (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  9. ^ http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/verify_license.shtml (www.bsis.ca.gov)
  10. ^ http://www.bsis.ca.gov/online_services/verify_license.shtml (www.bsis.ca.gov)