By: Harlan (Hucky) Austin
By now you’ve been asking, “How much can I earn as a bodyguard?” The fees associated with this type of work vary depending upon many factors, including:
Â·Â Your Prior Experience, Skills & Training
Â·Â Client Profile
Â·Â Level of Risk
Â·Â Amount of Travel Required
Â·Â Locale & Circumstances of the Detail
Â·Â Range of Duties for the Position
There are no set fees for bodyguard employment. All fees are arranged by negotiation. The more skills you have, the more experience the more you can earn. A highly skilled bodyguard may earn $125,000 per year plus bonuses, but these are often positions with specific requirements, and locations around the world.
One website we visited offered the example of a Female Bodyguard earning six figures, but bear in mind–she works in Saudi Arabia. She obtained the job because she spoke Arabic very fluently, knew how to live and abide by the moral ethic of the country. She was very skilled in martial arts and an expert with all weapons (eight years in the USMC). She spoke other languages and could act as an interpreter whenever her client traveled. Those are extremely valuable skills, and merit the high paycheck.
Bodyguards have varying levels and types of experience. A former Secret Service agent has some of the best training in the world – and the best experience, and accordingly, their fees will be quite high. An individual with extensive security experience, but less close-personal protection experience will be earning less, and the contracts are negotiated based on the locale, the situation and other factors. Pay can range from a minimum of $150 per day up to $1000 a day. Every contract is different.Â
Many bodyguards earn in excess of $70,000 annually. Sometimes an inexperienced but well trained individual will be given a valuable opportunity to gain experience working in association with other bodyguards on an assignment such as a red carpet detail. Sometimes, newer bodyguards are called upon to provide an authoritative presence to act as a deterrent. The pay scale for a beginner is going to be lower, but remember, you are building a resume and contacts. Getting to know other professionals in the business and proving yourself leads to building a network–a crucial tool to assist you in PROMOTING & MARKETING yourself.
Harlan (Hucky) Austin