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Alarm Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.70 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Alarm Technicians — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Although between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$28,300 - $66,946
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,243
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$11.84 - $26.49
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,300 - $66,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
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).
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$26,967 - $64,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $26.49  
   
Overtime
$14.85 - $40.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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).
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$26,967 - $64,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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.

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Alarm Technician Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Alarm Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Alarm Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

Alarm Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Alarm Technician in Jacksonville:
"If You Can't Stand The Heat."
If you can't stand the heat, don't do it. Attics are hot, but once you have been doing this for a while you can graduate to service technician and crawl in less attics.

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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%