Fire Protection Engineer Salary (United States)

A typical Fire Protection Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $66,952 per year. Compensation starts at $41,123 and can reach $107,655 per year. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $10,086 from bonuses and close to $11,745 from profit sharing—generally runs from $48,992 to $105,738. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most Fire Protection Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Fire Protection Engineer Salary (?
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$48,992 - $105,738
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MEDIAN: $69,505
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Fire Protection Engineer Salary (?
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$11.93 - $37.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,992 - $105,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,086  
Profit Sharing
$142.98 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$41,123 - $107,655  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $37.43  
   
Overtime
$15.49 - $62.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,086  
   
Profit Sharing
$142.98 - $11,745  
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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$41,123 - $107,655  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Protection Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Fire Protection Engineers. Salaries can reach $69K from $60K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $79K after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to improve for Fire Protection Engineers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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New York
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Atlanta
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Boston
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National Average
$67,000
Orlando
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Dallas
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For Fire Protection Engineers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Fire Protection Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent.

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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

National Average
$67,000

Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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