Alarm Technician Salary

Alarm Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.56 per hour. While the specific employer and location impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Although the greater part have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,231 - $69,317
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,647
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$13.01 - $26.34
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$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,231 - $69,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$1,002  
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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$28,452 - $61,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $26.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.98  
Overtime
$19.04 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,349  
   
Commission
$1,002  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,452 - $61,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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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Alarm Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Intrusion Detection and Electronic Equipment Installation. Those with knowledge of Electronic Equipment Installation tend to be skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. For Alarm Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 25%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 11%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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