Fire Alarm Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.28 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Alarm Technicians.

$34,482 - $71,122

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$13.62 - $28.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,482 - $71,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,061  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$30,494 - $65,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $28.94  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $42.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,061  
   
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 - $65,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $62K.

Offering a median salary of only $52K, SimplexGrinnell pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $35K to $66K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Project Management, Programming, 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. Most people experienced in 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.


Fire Alarm Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Fire Alarm Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Fire Alarm Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Fire Alarm Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Orlando (+8 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Dallas (11 percent lower and 9 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

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Programming
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National Average
$45,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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