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  • #31
    Originally posted by medic15al
    Here in Birmingham the average pay is 5.15-7.00 an hour, armed or not.
    Any employer that pays that amount in my own opinion should not be in the busisness. I know in the city of Philadelphia the usual rate for an armed guard is around 12 an hour, but 12 is still not enough with the areas they have some s/o's posted. If you go out of the city except for the inhouse programs you are looking at around 11 for armed. Most unarmed outfits in the area, pay around 8+ pending on the contract. I know guardsmark pays pretty well for unarmed personnel. I am realy considering in applying with them for an armed accounts or wackenhut due to there contract sites, pay scale and benefits.

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    • #32
      The pay scale I saw in Tampa Bay was:

      Unarmed
      6.00 Average
      7.00 Above Average
      8.00 Supervisory

      Armed
      8.00 Average
      10.00 Above Average
      12.00 Supervisory

      I know what some salary pay rates were, but am still bound by NDA.
      Some Kind of Commando Leader

      "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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      • #33
        Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
        The pay scale I saw in Tampa Bay was:

        Unarmed
        6.00 Average
        7.00 Above Average
        8.00 Supervisory..
        GOOD GRIEF! Do they get food stamps with that to?
        Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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        • #34
          Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
          The pay scale I saw in Tampa Bay was:

          Unarmed
          6.00 Average
          7.00 Above Average
          8.00 Supervisory

          Armed
          8.00 Average
          10.00 Above Average
          12.00 Supervisory

          I know what some salary pay rates were, but am still bound by NDA.
          That's pretty much right on the head N.A. The same goes in the Orlando areas. I live between the two and it's the same, if not worse. The center of the state has more WBC posts than you can shake a stick at. Little or no in-house to speak of unless you consider the Disney areas and hotels. But honestly they do not pay that much better believe it or not.
          My views, opinions and statements are my own. They are not of my company, affiliates or coworkers.

          -Being bagger at Publix has more respect these days

          -It's just a job kid deal with it

          -The industry needs to do one of two things; stop fiddling with the thin line and go forward or go back to that way it was. A flashlight in one hand and your set of keys in the other

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mr. Security
            GOOD GRIEF! Do they get food stamps with that to?
            No, but you do get information on how to apply.
            Some Kind of Commando Leader

            "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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            • #36
              Originally posted by N. A. Corbier
              The pay scale I saw in Tampa Bay was:

              Unarmed
              6.00 Average
              7.00 Above Average
              8.00 Supervisory

              Armed
              8.00 Average
              10.00 Above Average
              12.00 Supervisory

              I know what some salary pay rates were, but am still bound by NDA.
              Those rates of pay are the average for Texas as well, except that the unarmed rates match the armed rates. Armed security usually does not get paid more.
              "We appreciate all the hard work you've done, the dedicated hours you have worked, and the lives you have saved. However, since this is your third time being late to work, we are terminating your employment here."

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              • #37
                In CA armed usually get paid more then "un". The place I work (armed)I get $15.00/hr + free med (17.50+ for Sgt). We are suppose to get about $1.50+ raise pretty soon. But requirements are pretty high at my employment and we have lots of training every month (range, simulator and summunitions once in a while).

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                • #38
                  What's the cost of living like in your area? I think that's an important factor when we all start citing pay rates. Look at NY, for example, where 10.00 an hour is cheap.

                  I'm a strong proponent of paying a living wage, and a little more if you can. Helping your employees with professional education. Making them feel wanted and needed, both financially and professionally.

                  I think we have such high turnover in this industry because people who just don't care come to work, figure out its more than sleeping at a desk, and leave.

                  WI's Security Advisory Committee, in 2001, discussed training for security. It never happened, but one of the reasons cited was "Persons with criminal convictions may be attracted to private security because of no pre-employment training or standardized testing." You have the sleep on duty crowd, the guys who got fired from the cleaning job for stealing on the clock, etc.
                  Some Kind of Commando Leader

                  "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                  • #39
                    Cost of living? Well, 1 bedroom apartment would be around $600. There are quite a few local companies that start @ $10-12 pay for armed officers. And like always you get what you pay for, not trained at all, unprofessional, uneducated (and I'm also talking about just plain common sense) and in most cases just borderline 5150's. Run across too many of them in the past, who knows maybe that's why the nationwide wages are so low in this field. I wish standards would be higher at least for the armed officers in this state and elsewhere.
                    At my employment we get more professional type and people with good background in military/LE and such.

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                    • #40
                      I work as a private school security officer in central Miss., and make $8/hour. Of course I am going to college at the same time so I only work 20-30 hours a week, so I guess it would be considered part-time. That is good pay considering the Securitas and Pendleton agencies in my area start out between $5.15-$6.00/hour.

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                      • #41
                        Just to clarify something, the numbers I cited in my post are from my tax form which is for SOw/EMT certification. I just asked my work partner, a Unarmed Security Officer and he told me he makes $8.50 per hour. I think, but not sure, that our company pays Armed SOs $9.50 per hour. So unless I become a supervisor I'm at the top of the pay scale for SOs with my company at $10.50 per hour that I get. That is pretty high for security positions around south Louisiana.
                        Hospital Security Officer

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by EMTFirefighter
                          How do you figure? I live in New York and lived comfortably on $10/hr. for a few years.
                          Comparative Cost of Living Index vs. Pay Scale.

                          "Comfortably" is variable.
                          Some Kind of Commando Leader

                          "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by EMTFirefighter
                            How do you figure? I live in New York and lived comfortably on $10/hr. for a few years.
                            How many hours per week, and where in NY?
                            Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by EMTFirefighter
                              40 hours a week. Perinton, NY.
                              I don't understand how you can live "comfortably" on $400/week in that town w/o asking questions that are none of my business. I went to the town's web-site and it appears to be a nice place. I am a former accountant and have experience "crunching the numbers" and it's still a mystery.
                              Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Mr. Security
                                I don't understand how you can live "comfortably" on $400/week in that town w/o asking questions that are none of my business. I went to the town's web-site and it appears to be a nice place. I am a former accountant and have experience "crunching the numbers" and it's still a mystery.
                                I have a friend that owned property in Brooklyn and his prices are through the roof..starting at 600 a month.

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