Alarm Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.75 per hour nationwide. Though the majority of Alarm Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans.

$29,430 - $70,203
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,868
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$12.89 - $26.31
(Median)
$13
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,430 - $70,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
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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$28,652 - $63,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $26.31  
   
Overtime
$16.77 - $40.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
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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$28,652 - $63,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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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Typical Alarm Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Electronic Equipment Installation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Alarm Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Alarm Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $52K.

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"If You Can't Stand The Heat."
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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 17%

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 14%

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
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 22%
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