It is worth noting that while finding someone whose services are properly licensed is important, that alone is not enough since some licenses don’t require extensive training or regulation. So beyond checking license status, you will also want to probe more deeply to find out what background a potential bodyguard will bring to your job and make sure you feel confident that you have the right man (or woman) for the job.
What It Costs
What you can expect to spend on a bodyguard varies a great deal depending on the level of personal protection you require. The region in which you live also can greatly affect the price. For instance, bodyguards in New York City or Washington, DC, can charge a much higher rate than one who works in a suburb somewhere in the Midwest. In addition, there is variation even between large cities. A recent study of bodyguards in different parts of the country revealed that bodyguards in New York make an average of $65 an hour (or $650 for a 10-hour day), while counterparts in Los Angeles command only $20 an hour (or $200 for a 10-hour day). If you hire these bodyguards through a well-respected agency, the rates may be even higher than this.
Further, the level of threat that exists will greatly affect what you can expect to pay. High profile clients such as celebrities and politicians who need round-the-clock protection from a variety of threats will need to spend more to ensure their safety than someone who just needs some low-level protection for a few days or weeks.
Some bodyguards charge by the hour for shorter-term jobs, while others charge by the day. In addition, some longer contracts may be arranged at a set rate for a specific amount of time. One expert cites that the price goes up to $900 a day if the position requires travel outside of the country. In addition to this rate, such protection specialists typically charge for expenses as well, which can include such items as hotel rooms, airfare, car, equipment and food. To put this into perspective, consider the fact that one high-powered executive recounts spending $70,000 a year (which comes out to just under $200 a day for 365 days) for his personal protection.
So the price can vary from about $200 a day to receive protection from low-risk threats, on up to $900 a day or even much higher for increased protection outside of the U.S. or for people at very high risk, plus expenses.
A Canine Alternative
If you don’t need a full-time bodyguard but do need some increased security in your life, you might want to look into purchasing a special protection dog. These highly-trained dogs can keep you safe 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The price starts at about $5,000 and can go up to $20,000 or more for a dog that has undergone rigorous training to respond to threats and ensure your safety in any situation.