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What does a Security 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
43%
5 - 7
5%
8+
32%

Common Skill Sets

Excellent Communication
Computer Literate
Written Communication
CPR First Aid
Excellent Customer Service
English Language
Attention To Detail
Report Writing

Security Officer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$26,520 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$21K
Median: $27K
$37K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Security Officer Jobs