First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers
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Overview
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Directly supervise and coordinate activities of security workers and security guards.
Titles for this career often contain these words
SecurityGuardLossPreventionManagerAnimalOfficerChiefControlCrueltyInvestigationCaptainGuardsDogLicenseHeadInternalMuseumPlantProtectionDirectorStoreTransportationAdministrationScreener
Education
Only 35% of first-line supervisors of security workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by first-line supervisors of security workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
First-line supervisors of security workers, with 83,100 workers, form a larger workforce than 60% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for first-line supervisors of security workers are expected to grow by 2%, and should have about 8,100 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for miscellaneous first-line supervisors, protective service workers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most miscellaneous first-line supervisors, protective service workers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 26% of first-line supervisors of security workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 61% of other jobs.
Gender of first-line supervisors of security workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For first-line supervisors of security workers, the median men's salary was 7% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 28% of first-line supervisors of security workers are minority, and 8% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of first-line supervisors of security workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (8%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Salary and diversity
What do first-line supervisors of security workers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $52KAll jobs' median $45K$50K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire first-line supervisors of security workers.
Employers of First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (51.4%)
Private not-for-profit (4.9%)
Local government (16.6%)
State government (13.5%)
Federal government (11.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.9%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of first-line supervisors of security workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$50K$58K$59K$42K$52K$71K$52K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of first-line supervisors of security workers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for first-line supervisors of security workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

First-line supervisors of security workers and gender

With 26% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 61% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of First-line supervisors of security workers
Men (74%)
Women (26%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for first-line supervisors of security workers, with the median salary for men 7% higher than the median salary for women.

$47K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. First-line supervisors of security workers have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 79% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of first-line supervisors of security workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority first-line supervisors of security workers than for 81% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of first-line supervisors of security workers
White (69% )
Black (21% )
Other (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
28%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
8%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers by nativity
$45K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

First-line supervisors of security workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 5% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 77% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time first-line supervisors of security workers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by first-line supervisors of security workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), first-line supervisors of security workers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as first-line supervisors of security workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by first-line supervisors of security workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for first-line supervisors of security workers? Below we see the distribution of first-line supervisors of security workers salaries based on the education attained.

$39K$40K$46K$50K$62K$88K$105K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (2%)High School (22%)Some College (30%)Associate's/Cert. (12%)Bachelor's Degree (23%)Master's Degree (9%)Professional Degree (1%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for first-line supervisors of security workers

What jobs will most first-line supervisors of security workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of first-line supervisors of security workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

First-Line Supervisors of Security WorkersSchool bus monitors and protective service workersFirst-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support WorkersSpecialized Protective Service WorkersFirst-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales WorkersFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales WorkersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesSecretaries and administrative assistantsPolice OfficersSpecialized Physical ScientistsFirst-Line Supervisors of Personal Care and Service WorkersPrivate Detectives and InvestigatorsCustomer Service RepresentativesFirefightersSpecialized Teachers and InstructorsComputer and Information Systems ManagersTransportation, Storage, and Distribution ManagersSales Representatives of Services
Lateral job transitions for first-line supervisors of security workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as first-line supervisors of security workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as first-line supervisors of security workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for first-line supervisors of security workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as first-line supervisors of security workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of first-line supervisors of security workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most first-line supervisors of security workers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as first-line supervisors of security workers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where first-line supervisors of security workers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for first-line supervisors of security workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for First-Line Supervisors of Security Workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which first-line supervisors of security workers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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