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Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.24 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,983 - $69,134
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,215
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$13.74 - $28.67
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,983 - $69,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $4,913  
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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$30,672 - $64,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $28.67  
   
Overtime
$20.56 - $41.89  
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 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $4,913  
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).
)
$30,672 - $64,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 424

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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 Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Equipment Installation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Electronic Equipment Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Alarm Technician

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


For many Fire Alarm Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fire Alarm Technicians make a median salary of $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Fire Alarm Technicians, San Antonio offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Austin (+11 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Philadelphia and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

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What is it like working as a Fire Alarm Technician?

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

Late-Career
up arrow 29%



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000


Project Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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