Alarm Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.65 per hour. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While about a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,524 - $69,634

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$12.91 - $26.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,524 - $69,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
Commission
$955 - $5,087  
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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$28,347 - $62,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $26.04  
   
Overtime
$16.95 - $39.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
   
Commission
$955 - $5,087  
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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$28,347 - $62,988  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Electronic Equipment Installation, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Security Intrusion Detection and Electronic Equipment Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Alarm Technicians see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Alarm Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 18%

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 12%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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