THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS: Almost always, security rates are determined on an hourly basis. Large cities generally cost more for service. Security guards in Los Angeles, for instance, are more expensive than Fresno. If you attempt to hire your own officers ('in-house' as it is commonly referred to) special licensing is involved. It's easier, and usually more cost-effective, to use security companies for security staffing.
Currently, most California security companies will charge, on average, $ 14.00 dollars an hour for an unarmed officers. (Note: keep in mind that this $ 14.00 rate is what a security company will charge, not what the officer actually makes.) More than $ 15.00 an hour should have considered quite high for a security guard rate, especially in this economy, unless there is Unusual training and / or skills required for the job. Few security guard companies will offer $ 13.00 an hour for their unarmed guards.
Below $ 12.00 an hour is very rare and is cause for suspicion, since operating expenses are almost always too high to allow that low of a margin. Unarmed security guards under $ 13.00 an hour should cause you to ask the guard company how they can operate with so low a rate. How about the guards themselves? Well, unarmed security guards average only about $ 9.50 an hour for most California cities.
For armed security officers, security companies will charge, on average, $ 15.50 an hour. Higher than $ 17.00 an hour is expensive, and below $ 14.00 an hour is suspiciously low. The average armed security officer earns (himself) $ 12.00 an hour.
Use the above rate information to negotiate better transactions on your security guard vendor contracts. Also consider:
TRAINING: The California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) oversees all training standards for California security guards. They detail specific standards, which can be found on their website.
Officer training must be on-going, but many security guard companies do not comply with training requirements as they are time-consuming and expensive. On-site training is perhaps most important since every account has unique security needs. Make sure your security guard company shows you documentation of ongoing guarding training.
Written tests taken by security guards must be completed. The questions of the test should relate both to your specific account and general rules and regulations, mandated by BSIS. Keep in mind, the more well trained security guards are, the better prepared they are to protect your business.
SECURITY GUARD'S PLIGHT: Because many security officers are low income earners and have limited education, they can be taken advantage of by unethical security guard companies. Most common pay problems include shorting officer hours and failing to pay overtime, which is a Labor Board requirement.
Additional security staff mistreatment includes harassment and safety violations. To minimize security guard abuse, consider having an open-door policy where officers can speak freely about their concerns to you.
POOR RECRUITMENT: Because it's expensive and time consuming to hire security, many security companies do not …