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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.75 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers spread between $26K and $61K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. The majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,108 - $65,685
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,607
10%
50%
90%

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$11.93 - $26.35
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
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
$26,108 - $65,685  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
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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$25,816 - $60,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $26.35  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $39.10  
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 - $2,035  
   
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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$25,816 - $60,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 666

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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. When Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Fire Alarm Technicians or Alarm Technicians. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $1K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


The biggest paychecks can be found at SimplexGrinnell — the median salary there is $43K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $31K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $75K.


Survey results suggest that Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Electronic Troubleshooting and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers make a median salary of $48K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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 3%

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 135 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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