Security guards & gaming surveillance officers

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2019 Workforce
1.01M
Average Age
41.9
Average Salary
$34,270
Average Male Salary
$35,393
Average Female Salary
$30,877

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 $34,270 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Security guards & gaming surveillance officers by wage are Merchandise displayers and window trimmers, Painters & paperhangers, and Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are St. Clair County (Northwest, Southwest & Southeast) PUMA, IL, Philadelphia City (East) PUMA, PA, and Richmond County PUMA, GA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are St. Clair County (Northwest, Southwest & Southeast) PUMA, IL, San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR, and Miami Gardens City (North & West) PUMA, FL.

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 Computer Systems Design. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are paid most in Clay, Sullivan, Parke, Fountain, Vermillion & Warren Counties PUMA, IN but are relatively concentrated in St. Clair County (Northwest, Southwest & Southeast) PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$34,270
AVERAGE SALARY
± $825

In 2019, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers earned an average of $34,270, $21,254 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Merchandise displayers and window trimmers make somewhat more than Security guards & gaming surveillance officers while Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers 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

0.4
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.4, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers

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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, by average wage, are Computer Systems Design, Public finance activities, and Farming.

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Industries by Share

1.01M
2019 Workforce
± 24,646
3.93%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.34%

The number of people employed as Security guards & gaming surveillance officers has been growing at a rate of 3.93%, from 976,105 people in 2018 to 1,014,489 people in 2019.

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  52.8%, followed by Amusement & Recreation with 5.02% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 3.39%.

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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 42.5 and of female Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 39.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

762k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 21,381
252k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,321

75.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

40.8% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 33.4% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

42.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.457
39.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.732

The median age of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 41.9, and Male employees are generally 2.56 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 Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Monitoring.

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