Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Fire Alarm Technicians earn an average of $20.27 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Most Fire Alarm Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half.

$34,302 - $70,588
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $51,476
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$13.69 - $28.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,302 - $70,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$30,494 - $64,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $28.95  
   
Overtime
$20.74 - $42.87  
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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$30,494 - $64,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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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


Cintas Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

SimplexGrinnell offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $50K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $35K and $64K.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Project Management, Systems Troubleshooting, and Programming are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Equipment Installation. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed 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.


Fire Alarm Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. Fire Alarm Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Fire Alarm Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Orlando (+8 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Fire Alarm Technicians in Detroit take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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
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National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
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Programming
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Project Management
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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: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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