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The Average Salary for Executive Protection Work

by Rick Suttle, studioD

Executives, such as corporate presidents and CEOs, are often well known through publications and local news broadcasts. This exposure can make them vulnerable to personal crimes or retaliations from extremists, who may not like what their companies produce or sell. Those who are employed in executive protection are usually called executive protection officers. Executive protection officers provide security for executives and their families and arrange for transportation when necessary. Their salaries can vary depending on the state or district in which they live.

Salary of Approximately $60,000

The average salary for an executive protection officer was $59,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Simply Hired. The minimum educational requirements for this job are a high school diploma and coursework and certification in executive protection or surveillance detection. Many employers will prefer that you have an associate or bachelor's degree in law enforcement or a related major and two or more years of experience in law enforcement. Other essential requirements for this job are good judgment, physical strength, stamina, and perceptiveness and time-management, communication, leadership and decision-making skills.

Top Pay in D.C.

In 2013, average salaries for executive protection officers varied the most in the South region, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the lowest salaries of $46,000 in Mississippi and the highest of $93,000 in Washington, D.C. If you worked as an executive protection officer in South Dakota or Minnesota, you would earn an average of $46,000 or $63,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the Midwest. In the Northeast, you'd make $53,000 to $72,000 per year in Maine or Massachusetts, respectively. Executive protection officers in the West made $67,000 in Alaska and California and $47,000 in Montana, which were the lowest and highest salaries in that region.

Earn More Than Police Officers

While executive protection officers earned $59,000 on average in 2013, according to Simply Hired, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported average salaries of $57,770 for police officers as of May 2012. The top 10 percent of all police officers made more than $89,310 annually. By comparison, security guards and surveillance officers earned average annual salaries of $27,240 the same year, according to the BLS. Security guards' salaries were highest in the other transit and ground passenger transportation industry at $68,980, which includes executives in charge of bus and train companies.

Below-Average to Average Job Growth

The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for executive protection officers. It estimates a 17 percent increase in employment for security guards and gaming surveillance officers from 2010 to 2020, which is statistically about average. The private sector should produce the most jobs, which includes security officers who protect corporate employees and executives. During the same decade, the BLS projects only a 7 percent increase in jobs for police and detectives -- a below-average growth rate. Police and detective jobs are highly contingent on local government budgets, which are typically higher during strong economies.

About the Author

Rick Suttle has been writing professionally since 2009, covering health and business for various online and print publications. He has worked in corporate marketing research and as a copywriter. Suttle holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University. He is author of the novels "Hell Year" and "Suicide Peak."

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