What does a Security Manager do?

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

Security does not need to have a formal education aside from a high school diploma or equivalent. Many employers require security to be licensed. While licensure requirements vary by state, most states at least require security 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 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
3%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
22%
8+
54%

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Intrusion Detection System
Lean Six Sigma
Operating Systems
Written Communication
Protocols
SharePoint
Cloud Computing

Security Manager Seniority Levels

L2
Security Manager
$74,247/yr
L4
Information Security Engineer
33% made the transition
Security Consultant
13% made the transition
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Security Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$74,247 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$41K
Median: $74K
$135K
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