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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 April 2014, reported the average salary for bodyguards working anywhere in the United States was $59,000; for celebrity bodyguards employed in New York City, the average salary was $196,000. Training in special skills, such as electronic surveillance, also brings higher wages. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the average salary for security guards was $24,410 in May 2014; the lowest 10 percent earned $17,720 or less and the top 10 percent earned $44,200 or more. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the U.S. Department of State reported a salary range of $44,253 to $58,092 for a diplomatic security special agent position as of March 2016.

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