First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers

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Directly supervise and coordinate activities of security workers and security guards.

Occupation-Specific Information


  • Advise employees in handling problems or resolving complaints from customers, tenants, detainees, or other persons.
  • Apprehend or evict trespassers, rule violators, or other security threats from the premises.
  • Assign security personnel to posts or patrols.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire, bomb threats, and presence of unauthorized persons.
  • Develop and document security procedures, policies, or standards.
  • Explain company policies and procedures to staff using oral or written communication.
  • Inspect and adjust security equipment to ensure it is operational or to detect evidence of tampering.
  • Investigate disturbances on the premises, such as security alarms, altercations, and suspicious activity.
  • Log items distributed to persons, such as keys and key cards.
  • Monitor and authorize entry of employees, visitors, or other persons.
  • Monitor closed-circuit television cameras.
  • Monitor the behavior of security employees to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, or procedures.
  • Order materials or supplies, such as keys, uniforms, and badges.
  • Patrol the premises to prevent or detect intrusion, protect property, or preserve order.
  • Recruit, interview, and hire security personnel.
  • Schedule training or drills for emergencies, such as fires, bombs, and other threats.
  • Screen individuals and belongings to prevent passage of prohibited materials using walkthrough detectors, wands, or bag searches.
  • Secure entrances and exits by locking doors and gates.
  • Train security personnel on protective procedures, first aid, fire safety, and other duties.
  • Write and present department budgets to upper management or other stakeholders.
  • Write reports documenting observations made while on patrol.

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Occupational Requirements

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone

Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, tellers, and dental laboratory technicians.
SVP Range
(4.0 to < 6.0)

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Training & Credentials

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2022)
$23.47 hourly, $48,810 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
57,500 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Little or no change
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
State trends
Top industries (2021)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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