$49,590
Avg. Salary
$19.21
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,005

Bonus

$983

Profit Sharing

$2,035

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Alarm Technician is $19.21 per hour.

The average pay for an Alarm Technician is $49,590 per year.

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$13.41
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$19.21
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$27.77
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MEDIAN $19.21
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$33k
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$77k
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MEDIAN $49,590
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$0$76K
Salary $33,229 - $76,522
Bonus $252 - $3,675
Profit Sharing $101 - $2,959
Commission $511 - $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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$28,938 - $63,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 111
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.41 - $27.77
Hourly Tips $0.45
Overtime $21.02 - $41.49
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $252 - $3,675
Commission $511 - $9,933
Profit Sharing $101 - $2,959
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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$28,938 - $63,928
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 646

Job Description

Alarm technicians are responsible for the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of alarms and alarm accessories. An alarm technician is also in charge of alarm maintenance, including inspections and warranty requests. They must be able to analyze blueprints and drawings of fire alarms - as well as related wiring and electrical systems - to determine the most efficient way to install and upgrade the equipment. The alarm technician is also responsible for inspecting and diagnosing the cause of any issues or failures within the alarm system, as well as coordinating the repair or replacement of those systems with their manager.

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Alarm Technician Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.


Job Listings

Popular Skills


Alarm Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Intrusion Detection and FIRE ALARM. Employees educated in Electronic Equipment Installation are typically practiced in Electronic Troubleshooting, too.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Alarm Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Alarm Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 200 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Alarm Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Alarm Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 160 salaries. An Alarm Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 80 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,622

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

El Paso is home to an above-average pay rate for Alarm Technicians, 29 percent higher than the national average. Alarm Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+20 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Nashville (+18 percent), and Albany (+13 percent). Alarm Technicians in Memphis earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Raleigh and Columbus (24 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Alarm Technician?

Alarm Technician in Little Rock:
"Good company to work for."
Pros: What I like most about the job is being able to work on your own without a boss breathing down your neck every day. Your schedule is loaded on your phone and it's your responsibility to get to your jobs on time. Everything can be handled on your phone and company provided iPad. After a while, you'll start to see the same types of issues with customers, but every day is still different. This can be considered both a pro and a con, but we work 10hr shifts but at the same time we get 3 day weekends. The company is very stable with your work shift - they won't change your work schedule without your permission first.
Cons: What I like least about the job is that they will sometimes release poorly tested equipment which will cause issues after you install them in a customers house, and if you get a return trip within 30 days, it hurts your metrics. They rate your performance on metrics but a lot of the metrics are out of your control. You don't necessarily get in trouble for bad metrics, but if you have bad ratings for several months in a row you can possibly lose your job. I've been with the company for several years but have never personally seen someone lose their job over metrics though.

Alarm Technician in Marlboro:
"Pay Attention."
Treat all customer with respect. Do not spend too much time on one job. Be on time. If there is a problem reach out to your team manager. Dress accordingly, work boots, proper uniform and id. Close all your jobs.

Alarm Technician in Jacksonville:
"If You Can't Stand The Heat."
If you can't stand the heat, don't do it. Attics are hot, but once you have been doing this for a while you can graduate to service technician and crawl in less attics.

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Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲26%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$43,000

▼18%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Project Management
▲25%

Customer Service
▲22%

National Average
$43,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
▼1%



FIRE ALARM
▼6%

Security Intrusion Detection
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 37%