Fire Protection Engineers in the United States take home an average $77K per year. Total cash compensation for Fire Protection Engineers runs from $42K to $120K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $19K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Protection Engineers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,223 - $120,585
(Median)
$50K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,666
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50%
90%

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$13.93 - $42.61
(Median)
$14
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,223 - $120,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,205  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,548  
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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$41,938 - $119,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $42.61  
   
Overtime
$18.08 - $60.42  
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 - $10,205  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,548  
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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$41,938 - $119,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Autodesk Navisworks, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 14 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Fire Protection Engineers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Fire Protection Engineers see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,837

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

Fire Protection Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Fire Protection Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Walnut Creek (+18 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Fire Protection Engineers is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver and Aiken (25 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Fire Protection Engineer Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Fire Protection Engineer Salaries

Autodesk Navisworks
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Microsoft Office
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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Autodesk Revit MEP
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National Average
$75,000

autodesk autocad
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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