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Security Guard Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7381  |  NAICS 561612

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Security Guard Services  (view report)
Armored Car Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Robert H. Perry & Associates, Incorporated
U.S. Contract Security Industry

M&A firm whitepaper provides an overview of the contract guard service industry, with topics covered in the paper including size of the industry, revenue size and growth prospects, margins and EBITDA, merger and acquisition activity, private equity firms investing in this sector, selling prices for large and small firms, factors driving the M&A market, and challenges and opportunities for firm owners.

BNP Media
Security Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for security executives, with special features including the annual "Top Guarding Firms Listing" special report (December issue) which ranks the top companies in the guard service sector by annual revenue and also includes information on number of offices and total employees. Selected articles from current and archived issues are available online.

Freedonia Group
Private Security Services

Topics covered in the private guard service section of this comprehensive market research report include guard sector overview, 10-year historical and forecast annual revenues, market trends, pre-employment screening, training, wages and benefits, applications, vendors and market share, and market share by top firms. Entire study or individual sections or pages can be purchased online.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Private Security Industry / full-text

Research report provides a comprehensive review of this service sector, with topics covered in the report including background information, firm and employee characteristics, services performed by private organizations, markets (infrastructure, commercial, institutional, residential, government), relationship with law enforcement, and regulation and training. Full text report is available online.

Insight into the Armored Car Industry

Consulting firm whitepaper provides an overview of the armored car business, with topics covered in the paper including cash-in-transit transportation, cash management, currency and coin processing, storage of valuables, ATM services, electronic safes and stationary vaults, virtual vault service, bar encoding, carrier due diligence, managing risk, pre-employment screening, and industry concerns.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Security Guard and Patrol Services  Search for "561612"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Security Guard Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Security Guards

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for protective service personnel that control access to buildings and grounds, monitor alarm and video surveillance systems, conduct security checks and/or patrols for designated premises or areas, and transport cash and other valuable items using armored transportation equipment to protect these items while in transit.

PayScale, Inc.
Security Guards / Armored Car Services / armoredcar

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this protective service sector such as director, manager, supervisor, and officer (armed and unarmed), with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Securitas, G4S Secure Solutions, AlliedBarton, Brinks, Incorporated, Universal Protection Service, and Guardsmark.

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