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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (United States)

Most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $18.76 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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 (?
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$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  
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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Though not the most common occurrence, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $70K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers flock to ADT Security Services, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $45K lead the pack in compensation; however, ADT Security Services, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $23K at one end to $64K at the other end.
SimplexGrinnell is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Popular Skills for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Electronic Security. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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 many Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. On average, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K. Just over a half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-eighth.

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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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 52 percent. 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 is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Austin and 7 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

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%