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Career Profile: Gambling Surveillance Officers and Gambling Investigators

Observe gambling operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons. Investigate potential threats to gambling assets such as money, chips, and gambling equipment. Act as oversight and security agent for management and customers.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 8,700 people employed as gambling surveillance officers and gambling investigators in the United States. The median annual salary is $35,300. Entry level employees earn approximately $25,400 per year and senior employees earn approximately $62,450 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Monitor establishment activities to ensure adherence to all state gaming regulations and company policies and procedures.
  • Observe casino or casino hotel operations for irregular activities, such as cheating or theft by employees or patrons, using audio and video equipment and one-way mirrors.
  • Report all violations and suspicious behaviors to supervisors, verbally or in writing.
  • Develop and maintain log of surveillance observations.
  • Inspect and monitor audio or video surveillance equipment to ensure it is working appropriately.
  • Review video surveillance footage.
  • Act as oversight or security agents for management or customers.
  • Supervise or train surveillance observers.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
8,700
Annual Openings:
1,400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
16%
Annual Salary Range:
$25,400 - $62,450
Education Requirements:
High school diploma