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 $18.69 per hour in the United States. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers — as high as $2K, $6K and $30K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $26K to $63K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and approximately half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,974 - $71,615
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,447
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$12.08 - $27.21
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,974 - $71,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $5,918  
Commission
$201.34 - $29,799  
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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$25,991 - $62,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $27.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$17.61 - $39.75  
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
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
Commission
$201.34 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $5,918  
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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$25,991 - $62,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 726
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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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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. A more likely transition for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers is Fire Alarm Technician or Alarm Technician.

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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 Convergint Technologies, LLC, where the average salary comes to $47K.

ADT Security Services, Inc. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $38K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $23K and $73K.

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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $54K.

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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 29%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
up arrow 20%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Electronic Equipment Installation
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Electronic Security
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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