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 $19.70 per hour. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,430 - $70,203
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,868
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$12.74 - $26.38
(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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$28,233 - $63,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$16.81 - $40.25  
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 - $2,349  
   
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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$28,233 - $63,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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 typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Electronic Equipment Installation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For Alarm Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 18%

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

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
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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