Alarm Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.74 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately two in five get dental coverage, too. Most Alarm Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$33,113 - $72,917
$33K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,593
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50%
90%

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$13.06 - $27.05
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,113 - $72,917  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $4,013  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Commission
$970 - $10,304  
Total Pay (?
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$28,373 - $62,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $27.05  
   
Overtime
$20.96 - $40.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$257.60 - $4,013  
   
Commission
$970 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$28,373 - $62,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 400
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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

  • 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 24 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Intrusion Detection and FIRE ALARM. Electronic Troubleshooting is a skill commonly found among those who know Electronic Equipment Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

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


Alarm Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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. On average, Alarm Technicians make $47K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,903

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With a pay rate for Alarm Technicians that is 28 percent greater than the national average, El Paso offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Alarm Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), Nashville (+17 percent), and Albany (+13 percent). Alarm Technicians in Memphis make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers pay around 24 percent less in Raleigh and 16 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Alarm Technician

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$42,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲27%

Customer Service
▲24%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$42,000



FIRE ALARM
▼5%

Security Intrusion Detection
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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