What does a Safety Officer do?

Security officers are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of a company's employees, visitors, and associated property. Security officers are tasked with patrolling a designated area, responding to safety and security threats, and establishing a security presence. Security officers work in office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, colleges, casinos, and much more.

Security officers do not need to have a formal education aside from a high school diploma or equivalent. Many employers require security officers to be licensed. While licensure requirements vary by state, most states at least require security officers to be 18 years old, pass a background check, and complete a minimum number of hours of training. Requirements generally vary for unarmed versus armed security officers. Security officers must be alert, strong communicators, and physically fit.

  • Assume overall responsbility for the safety and security of designated areas
  • Patrol designated areas in accordance with outlined security procedures
  • Identify potential security risks and respond accordingly
  • Complete incident reports and required documentation for all security incidents
  • Ensure all employees and visitors have proper credentials for accessing buildings (ID badges and passes)
  • Respond to emergencies and incidents within designated areas promptly and according to policy
  • Assist employees and visitors with any concerns they might have
  • Escalate emergency situations to law enforcement as needed
  • Monitor alarms and security cameras
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Valid security guard license in state of employment
  • Previous security-related work experience preferred
  • Ability to stay levelheaded and respond quickly in stressful situations
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills
  • Comfortable kneeling, carrying, bending, walking, and standing for extended periods of time
  • Ability to perform continuous physical exertion as needed
  • Working knowledge of basic security techniques
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Safety Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$48,279 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$27K
Median: $48K
$86K
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Safety Officer Career Path

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Security Officer
$32,049/yr
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Safety Officer Insights

Read what Safety Officer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
CommissionairesCommissionaires
Security Guard
Apr 19, 2020

“sexually harassed and assaulted many times and nothing was done but a slap on the wrist”

VSG Vision Security GroupVSG Vision Security Group
Security Officer
May 21, 2021

“Pay wasn't great and expected to go above and beyond but didn't receive much in return”

Inter-Con SecurityInter-Con Security
Security Officer
Mar 2, 2021

“Good hours plus they offered Covid pay which is good an extra 24hrs in each check.”

G4SG4S
Armed Security Officer
Aug 2, 2019

“Then I arrive at work the people great to work with it is the training and head department.”

Sunstates SecuritySunstates Security
Security Guard
May 4, 2021

“Got to Make my own schedule while i was Per Diem and co workers were really friendly.”

River Valley Community College
Chief Security Officer
Nov 15, 2019

“The staff and faculty who work here and teach here are top notch and caring.”

G4S Secure SolutionsG4S Secure Solutions
Security Guard
Feb 20, 2021

“You get no recognition for repeatedly going the extra mile to do your job well and give clients good service.”

Rogue Force
Security Officer
Jul 29, 2021

“Is none to mention I have nothing but great things to say about my former employer”

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