Men account for the majority of Alarm Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.08 per hour. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Alarm Technicians is high.

$33,347 - $73,302
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$73K
MEDIAN: $47,589
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$13.03 - $26.56
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,347 - $73,302  
   
Bonus
$375.00 - $3,844  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Commission
$923 - $10,304  
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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$28,624 - $61,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $26.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$21.49 - $39.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$375.00 - $3,844  
   
Commission
$923 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$28,624 - $61,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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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 25 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Security Intrusion Detection and FIRE ALARM. Experience with Electronic Equipment Installation is often linked with knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Alarm Technician

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


For many Alarm Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $54K.

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Experience Affects Alarm Technician Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Alarm Technician Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 22%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 2%

FIRE ALARM
up arrow 6%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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