Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

A sizeable majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.71 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers (largely between $26K and $61K) includes potential earnings of $2K from bonuses, $6K from profit sharing, and commissions of $10K in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,530 - $65,763
(Median)
$27K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,528
10%
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90%

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$11.89 - $26.45
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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90%

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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,530 - $65,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,034  
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $5,817  
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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$25,696 - $60,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$17.28 - $39.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,034  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$5.30 - $5,817  
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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$25,696 - $60,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 677

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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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While not commonly seen, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. The most common next step for a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer is to become a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers flock to SimplexGrinnell for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation; however, SimplexGrinnell also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $31K at one end to $75K at the other end.


Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Electronic Troubleshooting to be familiar with Project Management as well.

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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers make a median salary of $48K. 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.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

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 31%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 28%