Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.43 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Alarm Technicians. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,945 - $70,370
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MEDIAN: $50,266
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$14.50 - $30.83
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$0$70K
Salary $35,945 - $70,370
Bonus $288.03 - $4,122
Profit Sharing $1,000
Commission $1,300
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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$31,185 - $68,759
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $14.50 - $30.83
Overtime $21.50 - $45.24
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $288.03 - $4,122
Commission $1,300
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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$31,185 - $68,759
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 889

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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

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

Fire Alarm Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Alarm Technician


SimplexGrinnell, Siemens, Cintas Corporation, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., and Tyco Fire and Security are among the top companies that take on many Fire Alarm Technicians. Cintas Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $56K on average.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Programming command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 36 percent above average. Those listing Troubleshooting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Commercial Building Inspection and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Electronic Equipment Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Alarm Technician

Pay by Experience for a Fire Alarm Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Alarm Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 400 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Alarm Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 326 salaries. An experienced Fire Alarm Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 334 salaries. A Fire Alarm Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 145 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,085

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

For Fire Alarm Technicians, Phoenix provides a pay rate that is 44 percent greater than the national average. Fire Alarm Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Denver (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Fire Alarm Technicians in Tampa take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Fort Worth and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

Fire Alarm Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Fire Alarm Technician?

Fire Alarm Technician in Tyler:
"Get out now..kidding...kind of."
Pros: You will work in different cities/towns pretty much everyday but get to go home pretty much every night. Get to work with your hands. Also there are different licenses you can get in time to earn more.
Cons: If you get licensed you will probably get a "helper" and if they suck, your job will be 10x harder. Its usually pretty hot or cold depending on the weather and long days.

Fire Alarm Technician in Phoenix:
"A great place to work."
Pros: Job Security, treatment of employees, pay & benefits, training.
Cons: Lots of corporate over site & overhead.

Fire Alarm Technician in San Bernardino:
"Best job I have ever had."
Pros: The people and difference places I get to visit.
Cons: Pay rate I feel like it is un fair.

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 Clifton Park:
"It's pretty ok most of the time."
Pros: Freedom, new place every day, problem solving.
Cons: Inspecting in one area constantly gets repetitive.

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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Key Stats for Fire Alarm Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

▲31%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$46,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Programming
▲36%

System Testing
▲1%


National Average
$46,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼1%

Project Management
▼1%


Customer Service
▼10%

Commercial Building Inspection
▼16%

Troubleshooting
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 22%
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