Fire Protection Engineer Salary

Pay for Fire Protection Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $73K annually. The range in cash compensation to Fire Protection Engineers ($41K to $112K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Fire Protection Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$50,037 - $111,060
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,873
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50%
90%

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$11.70 - $40.65
(Median)
$12
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,037 - $111,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
Profit Sharing
$220.00 - $9,631  
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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$41,485 - $111,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $40.65  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $56.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$220.00 - $9,631  
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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$41,485 - $111,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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


Survey results suggest that Fire Protection Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Fire Protection Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $75K. Fire Protection Engineers see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $102K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Fire Protection Engineers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Fire Protection Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Aiken and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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