Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

Men account for the majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.69 per hour. Total cash incomes of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers run from $26K to $63K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K, profit sharing that reaches $6K, and some commissions of nearly $30K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and about one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,974 - $71,615
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,447
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90%

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$12.08 - $27.21
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,974 - $71,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $5,918  
Commission
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$25,991 - $62,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $27.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$17.61 - $39.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $5,918  
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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$25,991 - $62,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 726
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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 Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. Becoming a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician is, however, a more typical career progression for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Convergint Technologies, LLC — the median salary there is $47K.

While select ADT Security Services, Inc. employees may bring in up to $73K, a median salary of only $38K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Troubleshooting, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 20 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Security. Electronic Troubleshooting and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 $44K. On average, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers make $49K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries




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%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 2%

Electronic Security
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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