Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salary

Male Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.76 per hour in the United States. With bonuses occasionally running north of $2K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $6K, and a few commissions as high as $10K, total income for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers can range between $26K and $61K according to individual performance. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,848 - $70,085

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$11.97 - $26.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,848 - $70,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $5,960  
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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$25,764 - $61,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$17.53 - $39.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $5,960  
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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$25,764 - $61,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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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There are some Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Construction Project Managers, where earnings are an average $70K annually. 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


Employees of SimplexGrinnell can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $43K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $31K to $75K.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. For Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Troubleshooting
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Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$42,000

Electronic Security
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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