Security guards & gaming surveillance officers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
975k
Average Age
41.8
Average Salary
$34,638
Average Male Salary
$35,754
Average Female Salary
$31,152

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 $34,638 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Security guards & gaming surveillance officers by wage are Customer service representatives, Floral designers, and Disc jockeys, except radio.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are South Shore, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Grand Boulevard & Douglas PUMA, IL, Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY, and Paradise (South) & Enterprise PUMA, NV. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are Opa-Locka City, West Little River & Westview PUMA, FL, North Miami City (Southwest) & Golden Glades (West) PUMA, FL, and Carr 53 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 Communications, & audio & video equipment manufacturing. Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are paid most in Central Nebraska PUMA, NE but are relatively concentrated in Opa-Locka City, West Little River & Westview PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$34,638
AVERAGE SALARY
± $796

In 2020, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers earned an average of $34,638, $21,316 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Customer service representatives make somewhat more than Security guards & gaming surveillance officers while Disc jockeys, except radio 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

0.399
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.399, 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

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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, by average wage, are Communications, & audio & video equipment manufacturing, Electric & gas, and other combinations, and Convenience Stores.

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Industries by Share

975k
2020 Workforce
± 24,158
−1.14%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.54%

The number of people employed as Security guards & gaming surveillance officers has been declining at a rate of −1.14%, from 985,784 people in 2019 to 974,594 people in 2020.

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  50.7%, followed by Amusement & Recreation with 4.92% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 4.04%.

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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 42.4 and of female Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 39.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

738k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 21,043
236k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 11,924

75.8% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

42.3% of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 31.6% 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 Sex

42.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.463
39.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.753

The median age of Security guards & gaming surveillance officers is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 2.63 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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