Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.72 per hour. Total cash compensation to Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and one-half get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,909 - $68,563
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,639
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$11.96 - $26.43
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,909 - $68,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,872  
Commission
$201.34 - $9,933  
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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$25,742 - $61,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $26.43  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $39.09  
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 - $2,037  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,872  
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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$25,742 - $61,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 654
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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 it's uncommon, some Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. A common career progression for a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer is to become a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician. Compared to Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $1K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


Although SimplexGrinnell boasts the highest average salary in town at $43K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $31K or as much as $75K.


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. Electronic Equipment Installation and Electronic Security as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Many workers who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $43K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 29%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 20%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Security
up arrow 6%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 28%
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