Fire Sprinkler Designer Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (nearly two in five) of final income for Fire Sprinkler Designers. That final number averages out to $51K across the industry. Total cash earnings of Fire Sprinkler Designers range from $32K on the low end to $72K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Sprinkler Designers. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,707 - $73,318
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$73K
MEDIAN: $56,346
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$14.10 - $29.82
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,707 - $73,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $10,161  
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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$31,788 - $72,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $29.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.15 - $45.66  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$894 - $10,161  
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).
)
$31,788 - $72,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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Job Description for Fire Sprinkler Designer

Fire sprinklers serve as vital safety features in large buildings by activating immediately when unusual fire or heat are sensed. They are so ubiquitous that most people don't notice them, nor do they comprehend how much work goes into their design and installation. Fire sprinkler designers are responsible for the implementation of these systems in both commercial and residential environments.

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Fire Sprinkler Designer Tasks

  • Design fire protection sprinkler systems within allocated hours for each job.
  • Review work order and procedural manuals to determine critical dimensions of design.
  • Calculate figures to convert design dimensions to resizing dimensions specified for subsequent production.
  • Design fire protection sprinkler systems with accuracy and detail to enable field installation with few design errors.
  • Submit design plans to proper department leadership for approval and obtain permits as required.

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Popular Skills for Fire Sprinkler Designer


Survey results suggest that Fire Sprinkler Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Autodesk Navisworks are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, HydraCad, and Autosprink. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Autodesk Navisworks.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Sprinkler Designer

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


For many Fire Sprinkler Designers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. Fire Sprinkler Designers bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

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Experience Affects Fire Sprinkler Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Fire Sprinkler Designer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 10%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 8%

Autodesk Navisworks
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Autosprink
up arrow 7%

HydraCad
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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