What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

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 $18.82 per hour. Total cash compensation to Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers bottoms out near $26K and approaches $61K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. Most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$26,031 - $65,841
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,622
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.95 - $26.44
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,031 - $65,841  
   
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).
)
$25,881 - $61,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $26.44  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $39.07  
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.
)
$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).
)
$25,881 - $61,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 668
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


It's not very common for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers to move on to become Construction Project Managers. Average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Becoming a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician is, however, a more typical career progression for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers.

Alarm Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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.


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, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Electronic Equipment Installation and Electronic Security, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Experience with Electronic Troubleshooting is often linked with knowledge of 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 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 $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

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 19%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Security
up arrow 7%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 28%
ADVERTISEMENT