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.

$34,910 - $70,119
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,028
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$13.97 - $30.10
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$14
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,910 - $70,119  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $8,000  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Commission
$1,977  
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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$30,386 - $68,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$20.93 - $44.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$300.00 - $8,000  
   
Commission
$1,977  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$30,386 - $68,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 861
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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


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

National Average: $45,431

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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 46%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Commercial Building Inspection
0%

System Testing
0%

National Average
$45,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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