The median annual wage of security guards and gaming surveillance officers was $24,380 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned $17,210, and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,680.
The median annual wages for security guard and gaming surveillance officer occupations in May 2010 were as follows:
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers provide surveillance around the clock by working shifts of 8 hours or longer with rotating schedules. Some security guards choose to work part time while others may take on a second job.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition