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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers earn an average of $18.68 per hour. Total incomes of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $61K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,598 - $66,618
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,532
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$11.88 - $26.29
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National Salary Data

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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
$26,598 - $66,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,997  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,034  
Commission
$712 - $5,896  
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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$25,733 - $60,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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
$11.88 - $26.29  
   
Overtime
$17.34 - $39.46  
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 - $1,997  
   
Commission
$712 - $5,896  
Profit Sharing
$5.21 - $5,034  
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).
)
$25,733 - $60,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 700
United States (change)

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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Compensation may increase greatly for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who advance to upper-end positions like Construction Project Manager. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


For Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, comfortable salaries can be found at ADT Security Services, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $45K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($22K versus $71K) is great.


Job skills reported by Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers are limited. 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 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers make a median salary of $48K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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
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National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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 2%

National Average
$41,000

Electronic Security
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 27%