Fire Alarm Technician Salary
Male Fire Alarm Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.32 per hour in the United States. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. For the most part, Fire Alarm Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.Read More...
A high school diploma is generally required for the position, but often a postsecondary degree is preferred. Excellent electrical wiring knowledge is needed, as installation and service may require wiring the fire alarm to the electrical system. Other necessary skills include the ability to read blueprints, electrical diagrams, schematics, or other maps of the property where installation is required. Some computer skills are required to understand the fire alarm software systems and to be able to program any devices that require programming after installation. Interpersonal skills are required for fire alarm technicians, as they frequently interact with customers.
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
Many Fire Alarm Technicians can be found at SimplexGrinnell, Siemens, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Cintas Corporation, and Tyco Fire and Security, firms that are at the top of the field. Fire Alarm Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cintas Corporation, where the average salary comes to $56K.
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 46 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled 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.
For many Fire Alarm Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $47K. Fire Alarm Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.
Pay Difference by Location
Phoenix offers some of the highest pay in the country for Fire Alarm Technicians, 46 percent above the national average. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+44 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Fort Worth is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. San Antonio and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.