Men represent the vast majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.99 per hour nationwide. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and about one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,752 - $73,184
(Median)
$27K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,215
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$12.58 - $28.92
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,752 - $73,184  
   
Bonus
$101.25 - $9,967  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$27,116 - $63,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $28.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$17.33 - $40.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$101.25 - $9,967  
   
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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$27,116 - $63,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 562
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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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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. Becoming a Fire Alarm Technician or an Alarm Technician is often the next step for a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer.

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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 $51K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $32K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $76K.

Offering a median salary of only $41K, ADT Security Services, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $23K to $78K isn't that wide, either.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. For Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,786

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

For Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+47 percent), Sacramento (+35 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), and Minneapolis (+28 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Raleigh (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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%


Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
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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
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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