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Overview of Security Guard Industry Job Statistics

TOP FIVE INDUSTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT

Industry
Employment
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Investigation and Security Services
603,740
74.26%
$12.18
$25,340
Local Government (OES Designation)
38,710
.71%
$15.19
$31,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
36,740
.70%
$15.30
$31,820
Elementary and Secondary Schools
29,220
.35%
$14.97
$31,140
Traveler Accommodation
28,290
1.63%
$13.79
$28,680

TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAYING INDUSTRIES

Industry
Employment
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
N/A
N/A
$33.17
$68,980
Taxi and Limousine Service
N/A
N/A
$25.21
$52,430
Nonresidential Building Construction
350
.05%
$22.75
$47,310
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
1,130
.43%
$22.00
$45,760
Natural Gas Distribution
190
.18%
$21.97
$45,710

Employment of Security Guards by State

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Note: Blank areas indicate data not available. Data as of May 2012.

TOP FIVE STATES WITH THE HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT LEVEL FOR SECURITY GUARDS

State
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (*)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
California
136,120
9.52
1.18
$13.33
$27,730
New York
101,070
11.83
1.47
$14.32
$29,790
Texas
81,620
7.71
0.96
$12.00
$24,970
Florida
78,050
10.73
1.34
$11.24
$23,370
Illinois
52,120
9.24
1.15
$12.27
$25,530

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

Annual Mean Wage of Security Guards

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Note: Blank areas indicate data not available. Data as of May 2012.

TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAYING STATES IN THE SECURITY GUARD INDUSTRY

State
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (*)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
District of Columbia
12,190
18.64
2.32
$17.79
$37,010
Alaska
2,100
6.58
0.82
$17.60
$36,610
Maryland
26,790
10.67
1.33
$15.87
$33,020
Washington
16,210
5.86
0.73
$15.76
$32,780
Virginia
32,520
9.04
1.13
$15.14
$31,500

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

Annual Mean Wage of Security Guards by Area

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Note: Blank areas indicate data not available. Data as of May 2012.

TOP TEN HIGHEST PAYING METROPOLITAN AREAS IN THE SECURITY GUARD INDUSTRY

Metropolitan area
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient *
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
El Centro, CA
720
13.94
1.74
$24.89
$51,780
Burlington, NC
120
2.16
0.27
$23.68
$49,240
Ithaca, NY
180
3.57
0.44
$20.84
$43,340
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
530
5.26
0.66
$19.85
$41,290
Amarillo, TX
1,070
9.77
1.22
$19.72
$41,010
Jefferson City, MO
250
3.63
0.45
$19.24
$40,020
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division
4,470
7.99
0.99
$18.01
$37,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
33,480
14.28
1.78
$17.89
$37,200
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division
550
7.05
0.88
$17.84
$37,100
Elmira, NY
90
2.34
0.29
$17.72
$36,850

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

TOP FIVE NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT

Nonmetropolitan area
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (*)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
1,890
11.58
1.44
$12.63
$26,280
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area
1,570
10.11
1.26
$14.56
$30,290
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
1,440
10.55
1.31
$12.40
$25,790
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
1,420
10.71
1.33
$9.19
$19,110
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
1,350
11.64
1.45
$9.05
$18,820

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

TOP FIVE NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF JOBS AND LOCATION QUOTIENTS

Nonmetropolitan area
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (*)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
250
16.54
2.06
$31.71
$65,950
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
1,350
11.64
1.45
$9.05
$18,820
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area
1,890
11.58
1.44
$12.63
$26,280
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
1,420
10.71
1.33
$9.19
$19,110
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
1,440
10.55
1.31
$12.40
$25,790

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.

TOP FIVE HIGHEST PAYING NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS IN THE SECURITY GUARD INDUSTRY

Nonmetropolitan area
Employment
Employment per thousand jobs
Location quotient (*)
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area
250
16.54
2.06
$31.71
$65,950
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area
610
8.29
1.03
$21.87
$45,490
Eastern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area
70
2.85
0.36
$21.30
$44,310
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area
460
8.19
1.02
$20.67
$43,000
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
80
6.01
0.75
$19.74
$41,050

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the location quotient as the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. As such, a location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.