Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Male Fire Alarm Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.28 per hour in the United States. Total cash earnings of Fire Alarm Technicians range from $31K on the low end to $67K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. Most Fire Alarm Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,089 - $69,689
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,430
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$13.87 - $29.29
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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
$35,089 - $69,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $5,051  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$30,617 - $67,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $29.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$21.15 - $43.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
Commission
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$25.34 - $5,051  
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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$30,617 - $67,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 755
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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 offers the largest salaries in town — $62K on average.

SimplexGrinnell is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $51K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $35K while workers on the upper end may rake in $84K.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Programming, Electronic Troubleshooting, Project Management, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Electronic Equipment Installation. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. 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

National Average: $45,183

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

For Fire Alarm Technicians, Washington, New York, and Boston, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. 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. Employers in Miami and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Programming
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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National Average
$45,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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