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Poll: In light of the current demands for private security officer professionalism, do you feel that the current salaries are commensurate of the added responsibilities?

Washd018_max50

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the opportunity for hiring security guards is favorable, driven mostly by a growing need to either replace security guards leaving the workforce, or through increased need for security (Edinformatics.com, 2009).  The industry is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2016 and the employment forecast appears excellent, which appears to indicate that human resource capacity does not exceed the current needs (U. S. Department of Labor, 2009).


However, since 9/11, the demand has expanded to include specializations in training, raising the security officer's qualifications bar.  My question is: In light of the current demands for  private  security officer professionalism, do you feel that the current salaries are commensurate of the added responsibilities?


I am a PhD student conducting this unofficial survey, limiting the scope of participants to those that are currently or have worked in the Security Officer industry.  Please be sincere and give some thought to your answers.  Your perspectives on the state of the industry, how you measure the importance of private security, its enhancement to law enforcement through life and property protection in the current state of heightened security awareness is important.

Photoshare_1__max50

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The salary of security officers for the most part is extremely poor and will not get anybetter in the near future unless you are talking about inside security. Inside security individuals are usually highly trained and or educated individuals who bring a lot to the table. These individuals are usually paid very well for their positions. On the other side of the street are uniformed officers. These individuals serve two primary purposes. Number one they provide visual peace of mind to visitors and employers. They also help the company or business's get a more favorable insurance rating.  For the most part contract security is a bidding business. The company that submit's the lowest bid usually gets the contract. Which means they will hire anyone willing to work for the pay that they are offering. This usually equates to young kids trying to break into law enforcement, individuals supplamenting their income or retired individuals passing the time. Every once in a while a company will come along that actually takes pride in their officers and the job that they do, but they do not last to long. There are some larger security company's that exist and have offices nationwide. These company's usually don't treat their employees to well. Most of these contract security company's have a high employee turnover rate. Most businesses find that it is cheaper to hire contract security then it is to employ in house security. Therefore the pay rate and benefits for security officers is destined to remain low. The mere reference to security officers and security profesionals as security guards by the Department of labor cheapens the position and goes to show that the mentality and outlook of the industry hasn't improved and is not likely too.

Me_kodiak_photo_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Security companies for the most part are going to scalp the officers in salary to bake the bottom line profit. I have worked for several now and they all have done this. Lack of training or the cost of the classes is out of the officers own pocket, the officer's have to purchase all their own gear (handcuffs, batons, OC spray, flashlights) which is expensive. All the while they do their best to make sure the officers make nothing but part time minimum wage. Now don't get me wrong there are probably exceptions, more than likely in OTHER states as the state I live in is notorious for taxing business almost out of existance.

White_shirt_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

I notice in my area security personnel make from 8 to 12 bucks an hour. I am lucky as I work security and the pay is $21.00 an hour. Nothing like being a cop however.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

 i make 11.33 per hour where im at. 

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

 


I currently make 19.40 an hr, my Sgts make 16.00 an hr, my guards/officers make any where from 10.00 to 13.00 depending on there yrs experience and other qualifications.
We are in health care security for a large metro hospital. Our crew is responsible to know applicable JACHO rules and regulations, FEMA HICS (My Sgts need to understand ESF # 8), CMS standards, IMTALA policies along with any other hospital policies. Our employees routinely deal with people under altered mental status. It may be medically or chemically induced or it may be the stress of having a loved one in the hospital.  
As time moves forward I see the level of responsibility and level of continuing training required for areas like government security, campus security, and health care security to rise.  Raising the bar for this will come at a cost as well.


"Training errors are recorded on paper. Tactical errors are etched in stone."

America_20pride_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

PSO officers in my area at 23.60 after training and 90 day. If you are working with DHS you should be in this range. Look up Security Consultant group.  http://www.scgincorp.com/

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I have been living in Germany for about 25 years now and habe worked Security the whole time


 


Here the pay is to put it plainly not good


Thinking in Greenbacks the pay now normal security- about $ 6,00 an hour ( not armed )


Armed Guard gets abo ut $ 8,00 an Hour


 


Other Armed Guard different groups like myself we get about $12,00 an Hour


 


so but then I am Returning back Home this year will stay  just do not know Security or something in LE still have to check things out