A security guard career can be awesome, but just like any other job the pay can be a little less than exciting at first.
Fortunately, you don’t have to remain a low-paid security guard forever. There are several ways that you can advance your career.
Get more training.
Almost every state requires you to get 8 to 40 hours of training before you can so much as put on a uniform. But there are a lot more training courses out there ready to help you go farther in your career.
Earning any of the following certifications or licenses will make you much more marketable, giving you a shot at better pay.
- A firearms permit.
- Advanced first aid courses.
- Baton permit.
- TASER permit.
- Bodyguard training.
- Surveillance training.
- Tactical response.
- Defensive tactics.
- Advanced security.
- Security management training.
You can look for reputable security training academies near you, or you can check your local community college.
As you get your training, make sure that you update both your current employer and your resume. You may get a raise, better assignments, or a new job offer from a company that’s willing to provide you with better pay.
Work the job you have now.
If you want to advance your career you need to put everything you’ve got into the job you have right now. Position yourself as a leader and give it 110%. Leap at the chance to take on new responsibilities.
If you can combine this dedication with security management training then you can move out of the rank and file. Some security guard managers make as much as $69,000/year…not bad for a career that doesn’t require an expensive college degree.
Start your own security company.
The highest earners in the security field are definitely those who own their own companies. If you’ve got an entrepreneurial streak then this might be the right option for you.
But don’t walk before you run. Many states require you to have at least 5 years of experience in the security field before they’ll talk about licensing you to run your own company. And at least some of that experience should be in management. If this is a route you want to take then you’ll need to save money to help you finance your venture. You may even consider buying the company you’re working for now: sometimes that’s an option when the owner is ready to sell.
Make sure you learn all you can about business ownership, running a security company, and, if you intend to buy, buying a business in the meantime.
Only you can decide.
It takes a lot of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice to make more money in the security field. It won’t happen overnight. However, if you are truly committed to security and your own career growth you will find that today’s $21,000/year job could be tomorrow’s ticket into a very comfortable lifestyle indeed.