Fire Alarm Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.28 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. For the most part, Fire Alarm Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,423 - $69,466
$35K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,283
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$14.22 - $30.68
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MEDIAN: $20.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,423 - $69,466  
   
Bonus
$301.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Commission
$1,952  
Total Pay (?
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$30,653 - $68,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $30.68  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $44.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$301.00 - $5,128  
   
Commission
$1,952  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$30,653 - $68,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 863

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians flock to SimplexGrinnell, Siemens, Cintas Corporation, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., and Tyco Fire and Security, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Fire Alarm Technicians flock to Cintas Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $56K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Survey results show that Fire Alarm Technicians use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Programming can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 38 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Troubleshooting, Commercial Building Inspection, and Customer Service. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in 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: $45,423

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

For Fire Alarm Technicians, Phoenix provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Denver (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Fire Alarm Technicians in Tampa report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Fort Worth and 16 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Fire Alarm Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Fire Alarm Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

▲33%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$45,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Programming
▲38%


System Testing
▲2%

Project Management
▲1%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


Customer Service
▼8%

Commercial Building Inspection
▼15%

Troubleshooting
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 23%