Most positions only requiring a high school diploma aren't going to have salaries that start in the stratosphere. It's just a fact of life. But the key here is experience. The more you've got, the more you'll make. Starting salaries for unarmed, entry-level mall security guards are going to begin right around the $30k. That number is going to rise based on your specific qualifications. Got any certifications? Raise. Have you studied psychology or how to work with crowds? Bump it up. Years of experience under your belt? Maybe you'll get promoted to director of mall security. These bad boys (or girls) start at closer to $50k. With enough experience and expertise, you can be running security for a number of malls and make double that. Sweet.