Fire Protection Engineer Salary

The average Fire Protection Engineer in the United States earns approximately $77K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $23K, respectively — total cash payment to Fire Protection Engineers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $118K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Fire Protection Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Fire Protection Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,501 - $121,261
$51K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,301
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$13.95 - $40.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,501 - $121,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,324  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,533  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$42,202 - $117,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $40.16  
   
Overtime
$18.43 - $60.86  
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 - $10,324  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,533  
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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$42,202 - $117,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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


Fire Protection Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Autodesk Navisworks, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Protection Engineer

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


Fire Protection Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fire Protection Engineers make a median salary of $86K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $102K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,670

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

For Fire Protection Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Fire Protection Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), Walnut Creek (+23 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Denver and Aiken (25 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Fire Protection Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
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

▲37%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$75,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Autodesk Navisworks
▲37%






National Average
$75,000


▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
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: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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