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Many bodyguards begin their careers on a part-time basis and earn between $25 and $50 per hour for routine assignments. These assignments might last several hours. Earnings for full-time bodyguards vary enormously, depending on factors such as the guard's experience, the notoriety or prestige of the client, the type of assignment, and whether the bodyguard is employed directly by the client or through a security agency. Generally speaking, salaries for bodyguards might range from $25,000 to $100,000 or more. Highly dangerous, sensitive, or classified assignments generally pay more highly than do more routine protective assignments. In October 2019, PayScale reported the average salary for bodyguards working anywhere in the United States was $64,718. Training in special skills, such as electronic surveillance, also brings higher wages. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the median salary for security guards was $28,490 in May 2018; the lowest 10 percent earned $20,290 or less and the top 10 percent earned $49,650 or more. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the U.S. Department of State reported a salary range of $44,271 to $59,496 for a diplomatic security special agent position as of October 2018.

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