Becoming a bodyguard...
How much can I earn as a bodyguard
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:
- Your Prior Experience, Skills & Training
- Client Profile
- Level of Risk
- Amount of Travel Required
- Locale & Circumstances of the Detail
- 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 travelled. Those are extremely valuable skills, and merit the high pay check.
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 and is negotiable.
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.
Becoming a bodyguard, you will need to have the following skills :
- Martial Arts : Having expert knowledge in one of the martial arts or boxing is a must. It is important to be able to defend yourself, protect others and control other people.
- Interpersonal Skills : Being able to talk to people and calm people down is very important.
- Observation : By knowing your surrounds well, and taking note of different types of people, you will find yourself prepared for any attack.
- Height : You don't need to be 6 feet tall to be a body guard, but do you need to know how to control someone who is 6 foot or more.
- Strength & Fitness : You need to be able to move fast and over power people when needed.
We would like to wish you all the best in your search to becoming a professional bodyguard. Training to be a professional bodyguard can be tough, but very rewarding none the less.