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 $18.97 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,553 - $77,392
$29K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,331
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90%

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$12.95 - $28.08
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.29
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$0$77K
Salary $28,553 - $77,392
Bonus $102.56 - $8,097
Profit Sharing $5,000
Commission $1,250
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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$28,257 - $66,418
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 110
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $12.95 - $28.08
Hourly Tips $0.12
Overtime $17.96 - $42.52
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $102.56 - $8,097
Commission $1,250
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$28,257 - $66,418
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 555

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


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Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $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.

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer


Although SimplexGrinnell leads the field in pay with a median salary of $52K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $32K on the low end all the way up to $77K at the top.

Pay by Experience Level for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Pay by Experience for a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer has a positive trend. An entry-level Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 284 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 227 salaries. A Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 65 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,602

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), Las Vegas (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (7 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer?

Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer in New Orleans:
"Good place to work."
Pros: The company treats you like family.
Cons: The stress from doing Installations and dealing with fire marshall.

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Key Stats for Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

▲34%

▲19%

▲2%

National Average
$43,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲26%

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Automation
▲17%


National Average
$43,000


Electronic Equipment Installation
▼3%

Electronic Security
▼9%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 31%
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