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 $18.67 per hour. Total cash compensation to Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $61K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,878 - $67,205
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,555
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$11.93 - $26.38
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,878 - $67,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,036  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,872  
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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$25,739 - $61,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $39.09  
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 - $2,036  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,872  
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).
)
$25,739 - $61,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 651
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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 some Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers move into positions like Construction Project Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer often leads to becoming a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at SimplexGrinnell, where the median salary comes to $43K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($31K) and those starting out ($75K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.


Survey results suggest that Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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. Electronic Equipment Installation and Electronic Security as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

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


Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000


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
$41,000

Electronic Security
up arrow 6%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 28%
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