Gate Guard Info


We have decided not to work as gate guards in the oil patch any more. However, I will leave this page up as a handy reference for anyone who wants to use it. If anyone sees something I need to correct or delete, please let me know. Thanks 🙂

Here is a list of gate guard service providers I compiled while we were working. This is not a personal recommendation of any company. It is just a list we have compiled to help you in your search for a gate guarding job.

  • KC Services – 956-236-5255
  • Pro Gate Security – 830-776-8666
  • Oil Field Support Services – 361-815-7050
  • Time Keepers – 830-816-5059  Toll Free – 877-851-7676
  • Trinity – 956-241-1675
  • LOMA Rentals, LLC – 817-964-1828
  • Site Watch Gate Guards – 800-561-7202
  • Primo Gate Guards – 361-563-9272
  • Gate Guard Services, L.P.- 361-949-6992

Timekeepers and Site Watch are two companies that hire guards as employees.

We personally prefer to be independent contractors (IC). Yes, we are responsible for getting our own taxes paid, but as an IC, we have some pretty good tax deductions.

In our case, we have our own corporation. When we get paid it’s to our corporation. We then write ourselves paychecks and send in our required taxes. If your don’t have a corporation, you need to send in quarterly tax payments so either way, you are paying your taxes as you go. My dear husband Bob is an accountant so he does all that gobbely-gook tax stuff 😀

If you want to know more about how to pay your taxes as an independent contractor or if you would benefit from forming your own corporation, please do not contact us. Contact a tax accountant or a tax attorney for the appropriate advice.

One thing I can tell you is you live the job. Since someone must be here 24/7 you both cannot go out to eat or shopping together. And then there is laundry. Thankfully, we have a washer/dryer in our rig. I would not trade that for love or money!!! We also have a regular side by side household refrigerator so food storage is not a problem as it can be with standard RV refrigerators. That has made it much more livable for us.

I’m passing along my knowledge of these other companies to you so you can contact them if you desire.

One of the good things about this job is… we can schedule times off to get repairs made and visit family. As ICs we can do that.

Vicky

21 thoughts on “Gate Guard Info

  1. COULD YOU TELL ME THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT GETTING A GATE GUARD JOB. I KEEP GETTING THE STALL. IS THERE SOMETHING IM MISSING OR NOT DOING RIGHT HELP……………………………….JUST WANT TO DO WHAT YA’LL DO

    • Hi Kaye,

      I don’t really know how to answer you on this. I don’t know what you’ve been doing to try to get on as a gate guard.

      First, let me say this is a hard time to find a position as a gate guard. Winter Texans (aka Snowbirds) are flocking from the northern states to work as gate guards. The holidays are approaching and from what I hear, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring on a very slow period. Also, the oil companies are approaching the end of their annual budgets. Some may already be shutting down until the first of the year.

      First priority is probably given to those who have been faithful workers during the summer months. In the Texas heat there is usually a shortage of gate guards, so those who can be counted on are probably rewarded with steady work. We were delayed getting started this fall since we were getting Bob’s mother’s affairs taken care of after her death in July. So we are in line just like everyone else at this point.

      We are also changing companies. We are licensed and experienced, but on the waiting list just like others are.

      Things are slow right now. Hang in there. Read other blogs to see if you can gain more insight.

      Vicky

      • we also had problems with loma gen set. clock running fast;Any ideas..had to replace inverter 4 2800.00 AT MATTHEWS RV WE ARE CARRIZO SPRINGS,,480288 9134,,NO0RM &PAT

      • Hi Norm,

        It’s not only LOMA gensets that produce problems for RVs. All companies that use industrial generators will produce this problem. You see, they are not meant to run sensitive household systems. They are meant for things like irrigation systems and other industrial uses. I know of several people who are spending money regularly on costly repairs caused from being hooked up to these generators. We had to replace our washer/dryer last winter, now my electric stove is going crazy. We’ve had other problems as well. Unfortunately, this is just a problem that exists out there and not likely to change. Sorry to hear about your inverter. They are expensive!

        Vicky

  2. Hi, I was wondering what a gate guard can expect to be paid. Also …. If I understand correctly you have more latitude to take time off if you are an independent contractor… Is that correct??
    Lastly, why did you stop working as a gate guard???
    My husband currently hauls oil in the oil fields and I work for one of the major airlines.
    We are thinking of going this direction and are interested in finding out the pro’s and con’s of the job.

    Thanks so much…. Kate

  3. Thank you for your insight into gate guarding. The problem with the generator is of most concern. I do not want to replace all my electronics. Do they have anyother options.

    • Unfortunately there is no other option. That is the biggest reason we will not do this job again. I’ve talked to our friends doing it & all agree, it is very hard on your RV & everything in it.

    • I asked my husband & he doubts that will help. We have two different kinds of filters & it did not help because it is such dirty power. The megahertz are way off. Our clocks would gain or lose sometimes 45 minutes every 24 hours. They are industrial generators & not meant for sensitive household use.

  4. Hello! I have been reading all about this! It is so nice of you to compile the list of companies!!! If I could ask, which company did you work for and where all have you worked?

    Thank you,
    Carol

    • Gate guarding for us just was a grind. Dirty electric power… Wild animals… Choking caliche dust that comes into every nook & cranny of the RV… And 12 hour shifts and we could never both leave & do anything together… It was not much fun! You also have to worry about illegals out there.

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