Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.28 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Fire Alarm Technicians can bottom out near $31K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. While one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Alarm Technicians.

$35,089 - $69,689
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,430
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$13.87 - $29.29
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$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,089 - $69,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $5,051  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$30,617 - $67,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $29.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$21.15 - $43.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $5,051  
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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$30,617 - $67,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 755
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Job Description for Fire Alarm Technician

Fire alarm technicians service, repair, install, and sell fire alarm products to customers. They provide consultation on potential fire alarm locations, as well as conduct troubleshooting and programming on site during customer visits. In case of emergency, fire alarm technicians are required to promptly arrive at the site and respond to any issues the customer may be having with the fire alarm. The fire alarm technician's typical day consists of site visits and installations, along with driving to and from sites and creating documentation of any work that has been performed. Typically, the technician's work is indoors and requires the physical ability to reach difficult positions during installation and the ability to lift objects into position. On-call availability is needed in this position, as a customer emergency may emerge at any time requiring the fire alarm technician to respond and repair the system.

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Fire Alarm Technician Tasks

  • Plan, install and program new systems.
  • Ensure systems meet regulations, keep accurate records and documentation.
  • Inspect, test, and repair fire alarm systems.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Alarm Technician


Cintas Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

SimplexGrinnell is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $51K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $35K while workers on the upper end may rake in $84K.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Survey results suggest that Fire Alarm Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Programming, Electronic Troubleshooting, Project Management, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Electronic Equipment Installation. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Electronic Equipment Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Alarm Technician

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


Fire Alarm Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. For Fire Alarm Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Fire Alarm Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,183

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

Washington, New York, and Boston — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Fire Alarm Technicians. Fire Alarm Technicians in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Miami and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Fire Alarm Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Fire Alarm Technician?

Fire Alarm Technician in Atlanta:
"Potential for excellent career."
Pros: The experience of learning a job that could be a high paying career down the road.
Cons: Long hours and lots of travel around state.

Fire Alarm Technician in Charleston:
"Good And The Bad."
Pros: The challenges of the varying systems.
Cons: Some of the locations.

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Experience Affects Fire Alarm Technician Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Programming
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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National Average
$45,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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