Alarm Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.63 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Alarm Technicians is high. While approximately two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and close to two-fifths have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,441 - $73,688
$33K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $47,590
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$13.19 - $26.97
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MEDIAN: $18.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,441 - $73,688  
   
Bonus
$436.31 - $4,036  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Commission
$979 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$28,628 - $62,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $26.97  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $40.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$436.31 - $4,036  
   
Commission
$979 - $10,213  
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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$28,628 - $62,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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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Popular Skills for Alarm Technician


Alarm Technicians report using a wide range of professional 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 24 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Security Intrusion Detection and FIRE ALARM. Competency in Electronic Equipment Installation frequently indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

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

National Average: $41,819

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Alarm Technicians in El Paso receive some of the highest pay in the country. Alarm Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent), San Jose (+18 percent), Nashville (+17 percent), and Albany (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Memphis Alarm Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. 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 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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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
▲1%

National Average
$42,000



FIRE ALARM
▼5%

Security Intrusion Detection
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 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
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 39%
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