Alarm Technician Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.55 per hour nationwide. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Alarm Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly two in five. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$33,409 - $76,652|
|Bonus||$436.31 - $4,156|
|Commission||$970 - $10,304|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$28,865 - $62,526|
|Hourly Rate||$13.30 - $27.00|
|Overtime||$20.48 - $40.83|
|Bonus||$436.31 - $4,156|
|Commission||$970 - $10,304|
|Total Pay (||$28,865 - $62,526|
Job Description for Alarm Technician
Alarm technicians are responsible for the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of alarms and alarm accessories. An alarm technician is also in charge of alarm maintenance, including inspections and warranty requests. They must be able to analyze blueprints and drawings of fire alarms - as well as related wiring and electrical systems - to determine the most efficient way to install and upgrade the equipment. The alarm technician is also responsible for inspecting and diagnosing the cause of any issues or failures within the alarm system, as well as coordinating the repair or replacement of those systems with their manager.Read More...
The alarm technician also assigns work to outside contractors as necessary and ensures contractors' projects are completed in a timely manner and in accordance with all relevant regulations. They are responsible for using standard industry procedures or methodology during installation and troubleshooting, and they must work within a strict budget and advise other technicians on proper procedures. Alarm technicians must be familiar with - and follow - all relevant safety requirements. This is typically a full-time position, which may require night and weekend work depending on the employer. Temperatures in technicians' work environment may vary, as they often work outdoors.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position. Alarm technicians must hold a valid driver's license and be properly insured to perform electrical installation work. They must possess all necessary certifications and training to install and work with electrical systems as well. These technicians are frequently required to sit, stand, crouch, kneel, climb, and balance. Often, alarm technicians are required to provide their own tools. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Alarm Technician Tasks
- Examine systems to locate problems such as loose connections or broken insulation.
- Demonstrate systems for customers, and explain details such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
- Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.
- Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, and related equipment.
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Popular Skills for Alarm Technician
Alarm Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Intrusion Detection and FIRE ALARM. Employees educated in Electronic Equipment Installation are typically practiced in Electronic Troubleshooting, too.
Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician
Pay by Experience for an Alarm Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Alarm Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 200 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Alarm Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Alarm Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 160 salaries. An Alarm Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 80 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
El Paso is home to an above-average pay rate for Alarm Technicians, 29 percent higher than the national average. Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+20 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Nashville (+18 percent), and Albany (+13 percent). Alarm Technicians in Memphis earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Raleigh and Columbus (24 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).
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