Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.86 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,589 - $75,106
$29K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,253
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$12.69 - $27.51
$13
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MEDIAN: $18.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,589 - $75,106  
   
Bonus
$104.06 - $9,910  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,622 - $63,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $27.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12  
Overtime
$17.78 - $40.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$104.06 - $9,910  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$27,622 - $63,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 554

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


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At the upper end, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. It is not uncommon for a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer to continue on to become a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician.

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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 $51K lead the pack in compensation; however, SimplexGrinnell also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $32K at one end to $76K at the other end.

Pay by Experience Level for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,844

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, 66 percent higher than the national average. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+33 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), Minneapolis (+28 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Dallas and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%
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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 28%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 19%



National Average
$42,000


Electronic Security
up arrow 7%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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