Fire Protection Engineer Salary

Average Fire Protection Engineers in the United States make around $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Fire Protection Engineers varies from $42K to $112K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Fire Protection Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Fire Protection Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 89 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,787 - $111,194
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,597
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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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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
$49,787 - $111,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,079  
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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$41,524 - $112,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $40.65  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $57.68  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,079  
   
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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$41,524 - $112,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 takers who work as Fire Protection Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, Autodesk Revit MEP, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Fire Protection Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Fire Protection Engineers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Fire Protection Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+23 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). Fire Protection Engineers in Dallas make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Aiken (20 percent lower) and Orlando (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries




National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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