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Alarm Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.80 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Though the majority of Alarm Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role.

$29,028 - $70,469
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,631
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50%
90%

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$12.85 - $26.42
(Median)
$13
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,028 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,384  
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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$28,644 - $64,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.85 - $26.42  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $40.34  
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 - $2,384  
   
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).
)
$28,644 - $64,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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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Survey takers who work as Alarm Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Electronic Troubleshooting and Electronic Equipment Installation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Equipment Installation and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. Alarm Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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 22%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 12%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%