Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (United States)

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.76 per hour. The range in pay spans from $11.97 per hour to $26.75. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—27 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. For the most part, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary (?
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$27,147 - $64,651
(Median)
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44K
54K
65K
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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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Construction Project Manager position frequently earn an additional $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

ADT Security Services, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town—$44,720 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $23K to $64K) creates a rather varied pay scale.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Tyco Fire and Security, where the median salary is just $40,958. SimplexGrinnell and ADT Security Services, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42,747 and $44,720-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers note just a narrow range of job 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Security. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $34K to $42K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $47K. After 20 years in the field, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $53K. 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, 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 Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+46 percent), Minneapolis (+31 percent), Philadelphia (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Employers in Austin and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-8 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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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%
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