Hiring a security professional who is trained to provide safety and support at a small business or special event can provide peace of mind. Full-service security providers, Broadsword Defense Security & Armed Services, offer clients security-related services as well as licensing, liability insurance, and compliance with state regulations. Typically, security companies charge based on the hourly rate of the personnel dispatched to a site or event. Rates vary based on whether guards are armed or not, as well as the type of experience they have had in the field. Nationwide, the average hourly rate for a security guard is $15–$25 per hour but can be quite a bit higher based on a variety of factors.