Clarissa recommends the following next steps:
My answer to your question is "maybe" because it depends on what your definition of "moderately comfortable and financially secure life".
Do you want/need a new car every four years?
How expensive of a car (BMW or small Ford Escort)?
Do you like to eat out (Mcdonald's or fancy restaurants)?
Do you plan on getting married?
Having kids (how many)?
Where do you vacation and how often?
Can you do your own house and car repairs?
Do you live in a high cost city like New York or someplace more modest like Pittsburgh, Pa?
Here is my suggestion:
1) Ask your parents how much they spend each month for housing, clothing, food, entertainment, car payments, insurance, education, medical, retirement savings, etc.
2) Adjust the number from step#1 by adding or subtracting any differences that reflect your specific desires. Be realistic or conservative (not optimistic) with your estimates to allow for unanticipated life impacts.
3) Take the monthly budget estimate from step#2 and divide it by 80 which gives you an estimated $/hour which you will need to maintain your expected standard of living.
4) Do a Google search for average security guard salaries and see how it compares to your anticipated hourly salary. This exercise should answer your question.
You can multiply the $/hour value by 2080 to convert to annual salary as there are 2080 normal work hours per year (52 weeks x 40 hours/week).