Security guards and related security service occupations

National Occupation Code (NOC): 6541  ยท  Browse All Occupations

This unit group includes workers who guard and implement security measures to protect property against theft, vandalism and fire, control access to establishments, maintain order and enforce regulations at public events and within establishments, conduct private investigations for clients or employers and provide other protective services not elsewhere classified. They are employed by public or private security agencies, residential complexes, educational, cultural, financial and health institutions, retail establishments, businesses and industry, investigation service companies, transportation facilities, and organizations throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Air Courier Guard
  • Airport Security Guard
  • Alarm Investigator
  • Alarm Signal Investigator
  • Alarm Signal Specialist
  • Armoured Car Driver
  • Armoured Car Guard
  • ATM (automatic Teller Machine) Guard
  • Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) Guard
  • Bodyguard (except Police)
  • Bouncer
  • Bouncer - Security
  • Business Establishment Investigator
  • Business Establishment Investigator - Security
  • Cabin Baggage Inspector
  • Carry-on Baggage Inspector
  • Commissionaire
  • Commissionaire - Security
  • Convoy Guard
  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Crossing Guard
  • Escort - Security Services
  • Gate Attendant - Security
  • Gateman/woman
  • Hand Baggage Inspector
  • Hand Luggage Inspector
  • House Detective
  • Investigations Officer - Postal Service
  • Lie Detector Examiner
  • Loss Prevention Officer - Retail
  • Loss Prevention Officers Supervisor
  • Mystery Shopper
  • Night Guard
  • Night Watchman/woman
  • Patrol Officer - Security
  • Patrolman/woman - Security
  • Plant Gatekeeper
  • Plant Guard
  • Polygraph Examiner
  • Polygraph Operator
  • Polygraphist
  • Postal Inspection Officer
  • Postal Service Inspector
  • Preboarding Security Guard
  • Private Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Investigators Supervisor
  • Private Police Agents And Investigators Supervisor
  • Private Policemen/women And Investigators Supervisor
  • Private Security Officer
  • Residential Alarm System Specialist
  • Retail Investigator
  • Retail Loss Investigator
  • Retail Loss Prevention Officer
  • Retail Store Floorman/woman
  • Retail Store Floorwalker
  • School Crossing Guard
  • Security Alarm System Consultant
  • Security Analysis Officer - Postal Service
  • Security And Investigations Officer
  • Security Consultant (except Computer Systems)
  • Security Guard
  • Security Guard - Explosives
  • Security Investigator
  • Security Officer
  • Security Specialist (except Computer Systems)
  • Shopping Investigator - Security
  • Store Detective
  • Surveillance Operator - Casino
  • Theft Prevention Officer
  • Vault Custodian
  • Airport Security Guard
  • Alarm Investigator
  • Armoured Car Guard
  • Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) Guard
  • Bodyguard (except Police)
  • Commissionaire
  • Corporate Security Officer
  • Gate Attendant - Security
  • House Detective
  • Night Guard
  • Postal Inspection Officer
  • Preboarding Security Guard
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security Officer
  • Retail Loss Prevention Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Store Detective
  • Theft Prevention Officer
  • Guard, Security
  • Loss Prevention Service Representative
  • Loss Prevention Specialists
  • In Store Loss Prevention
  • Loss Prevention Representative

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for security guards and related security service occupations.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree $16,407
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $25,733
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $19,893
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $29,421
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level $19,396
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $28,458
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $26,604
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for security guards and related security service occupations.

Gender Median Income
Male $26,604
Female $29,269
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (160 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for security guards and related security service occupations.

$0.00
Lowest Observed
$135,200.00
Highest Observed
$29,250.00
25th Percentile
$33,270.62
Average
$32,175.00
Median
$35,100.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for security guards and related security service occupations

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 520
25 to 34 years 520
35 to 44 years 375
45 to 54 years 430
55 to 64 years 455
65 to 74 years 185
75 years and over 45
Total 2,525
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for security guards and related security service occupations. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 1,385
Part Time 1,195
Total 2,575
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for security guards and related security service occupations. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 1,770
Female 810
Total 2,575
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for security guards and related security service occupations. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 2,485
Self Employed 45
Total 2,525
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for security guards and related security service occupations. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 2,380
Unemployed 150
Total 2,525
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for security guards and related security service occupations. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 180
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 865
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 115
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 1,010
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 70
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 330
Total 2,575
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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