How much do security guards make in California? Well, according to the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey for 2011:

  • Low security guard pay is $9.8/hour or $20,765/year
  • Average security guard pay is $11.74/hour or $26,790/year
  • High security guard pay is $14.40/hour or $29,946/year

The highest average wage of $14.21/hour ($29,545/year) is in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other higher paying areas are the Eastern Sierra Region, the Mother Lode Region,  Santa Cruz County, Napa County  and Sonoma County.

The lowest average wage of $9.22/hour ($19,189/year) is in Tulare County. Other lower paying areas are Stainslaus County, Shasta County, San Luis Obispo County, Fresno County and Butte County.

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