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Security guards enjoy a meaningful experience in helping people stay safe.

Guards identify problem areas and opportunities, develop creative solutions to safety issues and develop relationships with campus staff and faculty in order to create a safe environment where research, academics and public service can flourish. The Division of Public Safety takes pride in being a leader in community-based, progressive approaches toward safety. The Division supports its staff and encourages them to introduce creative and innovative ways to promote public safety, engage the community and be a leader on campus.

The Division of Public Safety maintains high expectations of its security guards. As a staff member, you will boast a unique experience as well as unique challenges working with a diverse student and staff population and members of the Champaign-Urbana community. With a job that keeps you motivated, you will find yourself feeling rewarded every day you come to work.


Click below to hear from members of our security team about their work or watch an accessible version of these recordings on YouTube.





Security guards keep campus safe by patrolling libraries, residential areas, recreational facilities, and more.

Security guards at libraryThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-class institution of higher education, and our campus home to more than 60,000 students, faculty and staff. From our athletic facilities, to our laboratories and student residences, Illinois takes pride in its premier campus grounds. And they need protection.

That is where our security guards come in. Guards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign work during the evening and early morning hours and enjoy a great deal of flexibility and independence in their roles safe-guarding campus. You will receive all the tactical training necessary to do your job, and you will work closely with university police officers to maintain a peaceful campus setting.

One of the great benefits of working for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign includes a full tuition waiver for yourself at any state university if you wish to pursue and undergraduate or graduate degree. Employees with at least seven years of service receive a 50% tuition waiver for their children at participating state institutions, making this a great opportunity for young families planning for the future.

Additionally, the Champaign-Urbana metro area has a population of around 125,000 and enjoys a vibrant setting with many entertainment and recreational options for both young professionals and families. Whether on the clock or not, you will feel at home in our community.

Security guards are well compensated for their work.

As university employees, security guards receive a competitive salary and a strong benefits package, including:


  • $31,450 base pay ($15.12/hr)
  • Up to 50-75 hours of overtime available each year
  • Seniority step increases: $35,194 after one year and $38,667 after two years


  • Flexible work schedule with two consecutive days off per week
  • Additional paid time off
  • Health, life, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents
  • Pension through State Universities Retirement System
  • Supplementary tax-deferred retirement plans

Tuition waiver

Employees receive a 100% tuition waiver for themselves at any state school in Illinois, a great benefit for those looking to continue their education. Employees with seven years of service receive a 50% tuition waiver for their children at any state university, making the Division of Public Safety the perfect choice for young families.