Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (United States)

Male Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.76 per hour in the United States. Pay begins at $11.97 per hour on the low end and climbs to $26.75 near the top. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Some workers in this field—27 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (?
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$27,147 - $64,651
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MEDIAN: $43,574
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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (?
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$11.97 - $26.75
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,147 - $64,651  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $1,293  
Commission
$700 - $2,500  
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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$25,994 - $60,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $26.75  
   
Overtime
$17.33 - $39.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Commission
$700 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $1,293  
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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$25,994 - $60,687  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
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Job Description for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

The security and fire alarm installer is responsible for general installation and maintenance of security and fire alarm systems. Their main objective is to install, program, and repair security and fire alarm systems. The security and fire alarm installer is also responsible for troubleshooting any wiring or equipment issues that may interfere with the safe and effective operation of the security and fire alarms. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring that all alarms, wiring, and equipment meets any relevant safety codes and standards. Safety and fire alarm installers work in a large variety of fields including industrial, medical, finance, business, automotive, retail, and others; these installers also complete installations in residential areas.
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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Tasks
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, and related equipment.
  • Examine systems to locate problems such as loose connections or broken insulation.
  • Demonstrate systems for customers, and explain details such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.

Common Career Paths for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

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Oftentimes, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers' salaries rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager usually get paid an extra $28K per year.

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Although ADT Security Services, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $44,720, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $23K or as much as $64K.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Tyco Fire and Security, where the median salary is just $40,958. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at SimplexGrinnell ($42,747) and ADT Security Services, Inc. ($44,720).

Popular Skills for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Security. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries start at $34K, which grows to $42K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $47K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers earning an average of $53K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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Washington
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Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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Los Angeles
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Baltimore
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New York
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National Average
$42,000
Dallas
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Austin
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Houston
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For those looking to make money, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Washington, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, top-paying markets where Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers rake in more than the national norm (+46 percent, +31 percent, +23 percent, and +23 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Dallas earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -7 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 29%
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000
Electronic Security
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 27%
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