Security guards & gaming surveillance officers

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Total Workforce

989k

Average Age

41.5

Estimated Job Growth

6.27%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$32,382

Average Male Salary

$33,448

Average Female Salary

$28,968

About

Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are most often employed by the Investigation & security services industry. The average yearly wage for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers was $32,382 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Security guards & gaming surveillance officers by wage are Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Forest & conservation workers, and Dental assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are Oxon Hill, Hillcrest Heights & Temple Hills PUMA, MD, LA City (South Central/Westmont) PUMA, CA, and Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are Carr 53 PUMA, PR, Carr 2-Carr 111 PUMA, PR, and Carr 3 (Noreste) PUMA, PR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Security guards & gaming surveillance officers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Investigation & security services is the industry that employs the most Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, by average wage, is Electronic shopping. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are paid most in Clay, Sullivan, Parke, Fountain, Vermillion & Warren Counties PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in Carr 53 PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,382

AVERAGE SALARY

± $734

In 2017, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers earned an average of $32,382, $19,683 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders make somewhat more than Security guards & gaming surveillance officers while Dental assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Security guards & gaming surveillance officers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.398

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.398, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, by number of employees, are Investigation & security services, Amusement & Recreation, and Hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, by average wage, are Electronic shopping, Aerospace products & parts manufacturing, and Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

989k

2017 Workforce

± 24,340

3.61%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 3.39%

The number of people employed as Security guards & gaming surveillance officers has been growing at a rate of 3.61%, from 955,018 people in 2016 to 989,479 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers employed by various industries. Investigation & security services employs the largest share of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers at  50.5%, followed by Amusement & Recreation with 4.84% and Hospitals with 4.24%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Security guards & gaming surveillance officers in the US. The average age of male Security guards & gaming surveillance officers in the workforce is 42.2 and of female Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 39.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is White.

Gender Composition

754k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,264

235k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 11,904

76.2% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

54.6% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 32.5% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Age by Gender

42.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.458

39.2

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.733

The median age of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 3.09 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is Protective Services but a relatively high number of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Critical Thinking, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Security guards & gaming surveillance officers need more than the average amount of Coordination, Monitoring, and Persuasion.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are expected to see a growth of 6.27% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.27%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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