Men make up the majority of Fire Alarm Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.23 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,939 - $69,729
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MEDIAN: $50,500
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$14.07 - $30.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,939 - $69,729  
   
Bonus
$301.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Commission
$1,977  
Total Pay (?
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$30,385 - $68,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $30.40  
   
Overtime
$21.08 - $44.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$301.00 - $6,082  
   
Commission
$1,977  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$30,385 - $68,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 885

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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

  • 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


Dominating the field, SimplexGrinnell, Siemens, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Cintas Corporation, and Tyco Fire and Security are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Fire Alarm Technicians. The biggest paychecks can be found at Cintas Corporation — the median salary there is $55K.

Popular Skills for Fire Alarm Technician


Fire Alarm Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Programming, System Testing, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 8 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting, Customer Service, and Commercial Building Inspection. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fire Alarm Technicians make a median salary of $53K. Fire Alarm Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,376

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Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Fire Alarm Technicians, 50 percent higher than the national average. Fire Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Worth (13 percent lower) and Austin (10 percent lower).

Fire Alarm Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Fire Alarm Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Fire Alarm Technician Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fire Alarm Technician Salaries

Programming
up arrow 38%

System Testing
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Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000


Commercial Building Inspection
up arrow 6%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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