How to Make Your Next Armed Security Officer Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 18:24:01



More than 2,138 companies advertise 24,437 Armed Security Officer jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Armed Security Officer most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 9,327 job posts from 1,176 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 34.9% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 76 Armed Security Officer job seekers for every active Armed Security Officer job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Security Officer, Armed Security Officer, Security Guard, Armed Guard, Police Officer, Delivery Driver, Warehouse Worker, Customer Service Representative, Security Specialist, and Truck Driver seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Armed Security Officer candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Security Officer, Armed Security Officer, Security Guard, Armed Guard, Police Officer, Delivery Driver, Customer Service Representative, Warehouse Worker, Security Specialist, and Driver. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Armed Security Officer candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 8.2% of the active Armed Security Officer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 13.8% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 49.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 10.9 years to 10.5 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include customer service, military, communication skills, security, English, writing skills, computer skills, law enforcement, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Demand for writing skills, English, Spanish, computer skills, communication skills, security, customer service, bilingualism, supervising experience, and word processing has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Armed Security Officer with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.1 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 53.5% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 10.0%.

Example Armed Security Officer responsibilities

  • Observe and report suspicious activities, safety hazards, and security violations to supervisors
  • Control access to secured areas and monitor employees' entrances and exits
  • Patrol assigned property to ensure that all entrances/exits are secure and that all posted rules are being followed
  • Maintain order in public areas
  • Accompany cash shipments after confirming the amount of currency being moved in a secure manner


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Armed Security Officer positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia are the states that have the highest demand for Armed Security Officers. Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, and Illinois are where most job seekers are searching for Armed Security Officer jobs. If we look at the Armed Security Officer to job ratio, California, Kansas, Delaware, Utah, and Florida have the lowest number of Armed Security Officer applicants per job. Alaska, Connecticut, Arkansas, New Hampshire, and New York have the most active Armed Security Officer job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 706,566 job seekers interested in Armed Security Officer opportunities in the United States. That’s a 10.2% increase compared to the previous quarter with 641,218 active job seekers. Around 8.2% of the active Armed Security Officer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 13.8% have between 3-5 years of experience, 28.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 49.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Armed Security Officer candidates is 10.5 years. Active candidates in the Armed Security Officer profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Armed Security Officer candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have greater negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll likely have to attract several times more candidates to make a hire compared to other professions.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 3,990 Armed Security Officers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Allied Universal Security Services, Systems and Solutions, G4S, Securitas, Paragon Systems, Inc., GardaWorld, Loomis, Walden Security, Titan Protection and Consulting, Inc., Inter-Con Security Systems, and Champion National Security, Inc..

After analyzing post-interview data from Armed Security Officer candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 53.2% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 87.2% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Armed Security Officer candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises, group interview, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Armed Security Officer quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 72.9% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 51% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Must be licensed for a minimum of three years.
  • List three Characteristics of being a Security Officer.
  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What's your level of experience in the security field?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Armed Security Officer salary offered by employers increased for 1 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 2% from $33,620.5 to $34,259.22 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest increase in the past 6 quarters. For Armed Security Officer positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 62.9%, paid time off by 59.6%, dental insurance by 45.7%, a 401k plan by 43.0%, vision insurance by 41.7%, discounts by 26.5%, and stock options/grants by 8.6%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including location variety, maternity leave, paternity leave, sabbaticals, somewhat remote, flexible working hours, mostly remote, and fully remote, to attract and retain Armed Security Officer candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 57.3% of the employers conducted a background check, and 45.4% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Armed Security Officer candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Armed Security Officer, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Armed Security Officer candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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