Fire Protection Engineer Salary

For Fire Protection Engineers, yearly average wages total $74K annually. Cash earnings of Fire Protection Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $42K to almost $115K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Fire Protection Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,931 - $113,658
(Median)
$50K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,776
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50%
90%

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$12.02 - $43.85
(Median)
$12
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,931 - $113,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,193  
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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$41,727 - $114,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $43.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.18 - $62.37  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,193  
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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$41,727 - $114,639  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Fire Protection Engineer

Fire protection engineers are commonly found in companies that specialize in work such as architecture, engineering, construction, or environmental issues. This position requires at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, though some companies require a degree in a specific discipline such as chemical engineering or fire protection. Many also require NICET III certifications and/or experience with guidelines such as the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA). As many as 10 years of previous relevant experience may be common as well, although entry-level positions exist.

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Fire Protection Engineer Tasks

  • Act as fire protection expert for governmental authorities and policy makers.
  • Document and communicate fire protection issues with building and maintenance professionals.
  • Design fire detection and elimination equipment and procedures
  • Stay current on fire protection understanding through professional literature and conferences.

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Popular Skills for Fire Protection Engineer


Fire Protection Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Lucky workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 41 percent above average. Microsoft Office and Engineering Design are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 41 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Revit MEP. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Protection Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Fire Protection Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $62K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $76K. For Fire Protection Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Fire Protection Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $106K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,427

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

For Fire Protection Engineers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Fire Protection Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Walnut Creek (+23 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 21 percent less in Aiken and 13 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 41%



National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit MEP
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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