We’ve recently talked about budgeting for security and what to expect from a security director here on the Invictus Consulting blog. Today I want to direct your attention to a recent report in Campus Safety Magazine about salary and benefits for campus protection professionals (i.e., campus police officers, chiefs of security, directors of security, nonsworn officers) from K-12 schools, universities, and hospitals.
Some takeaways from the report:
- $77,500 is the median annual pay rate for campus deputy police chiefs, associate security directors, and directors of emergency management
- Pay ranges from $30,000 to $150,000 for directors of security
- The pay rate has increased in the past 5 years
- Different regions of the country have quite different ranges in pay – those in the west earn more than their counterparts in other parts of the country
- Minorities and women are making gains, albeit small ones, in representation
- Only a third of officers carry a weapon (and only a tenth of women officers are armed)
- Larger campus size generally equates to a larger salary for a director of security
- Departments with 51-75 employees tend to have the highest pay for a director of security
- Understaffing is a concern in the majority of organizations surveyed
Statistics and surveys/polls can be boring, we get it. But if your organization is looking to hire a Director of Security, or hire an off duty police officer, or you’re just getting started thinking about adding money to the budget for security personnel, a report like the one from Campus Safety Magazine is an invaluable place to start.