Fire Protection Engineer Salary

Fire Protection Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $76K per year on average. Cash earnings for Fire Protection Engineers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $117K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Fire Protection Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,784 - $119,678
$50K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,961
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$14.40 - $39.85
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$40
MEDIAN: $25.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,784 - $119,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,358  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,620  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$42,078 - $117,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $39.85  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $61.35  
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 - $10,358  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,620  
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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$42,078 - $117,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Fire Protection Engineer


Survey results suggest that Fire Protection Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Autodesk Navisworks, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 13 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Protection Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Fire Protection Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Protection Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 175 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Protection Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Fire Protection Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 104 salaries. A Fire Protection Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,597

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Fire Protection Engineers, 66 percent above the national average. Fire Protection Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Framingham (+59 percent), Washington (+31 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Atlanta (+21 percent). Fire Protection Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Aiken and Denver (24 percent lower and 22 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Fire Protection Engineer

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

▲40%

▲16%

▲8%

National Average
$74,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Autodesk Navisworks
▲39%






National Average
$74,000


▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%