Fire Protection Engineer Salary

The average Fire Protection Engineer in the United States earns approximately $74K annually. Overall incomes of Fire Protection Engineers generally bottom out at around $42K and peak near $115K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Fire Protection Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of Fire Protection Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,931 - $113,658
(Median)
$50K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,776
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90%

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$12.02 - $43.85
(Median)
$12
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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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 (?
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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 pay less than market rate include Autodesk Revit MEP. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $76K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $62K. Fire Protection Engineers bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $106K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,427

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Fire Protection Engineers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Fire Protection Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Aiken and Orlando (21 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 1%

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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