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 $20.28 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Fire Alarm Technicians is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,105 - $69,485
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,739
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$13.71 - $28.90
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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
$35,105 - $69,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$30,625 - $64,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.71 - $28.90  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $42.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
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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$30,625 - $64,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481
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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


Those at Cintas Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $62K.

Bringing up the rear, SimplexGrinnell's median pay of $50K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $64K.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, Project Management, and Programming are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Equipment Installation. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Fire Alarm Technicians. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fire Alarm Technicians make a median salary of $54K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Fire Alarm Technicians, working in the bustling city of Fort Myers has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Orlando (+8 percent). 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (9 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Systems Troubleshooting
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Project Management
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Programming
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National Average
$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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