Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

49-2098 Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. Excludes "Electricians" (47-2111) who do a broad range of electrical wiring.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
70,900 2.6 % $23.34 $48,540 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.21 $17.52 $22.69 $28.54 $34.28
Annual Wage (2) $29,560 $36,450 $47,190 $59,370 $71,310


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 43,770 4.64 $23.25 $48,360
Building Equipment Contractors 18,890 0.88 $23.59 $49,070
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,350 0.24 $21.72 $45,180
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 860 0.12 $21.33 $44,370
Telecommunications 520 0.07 $24.47 $50,900

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Investigation and Security Services 43,770 4.64 $23.25 $48,360
Building Equipment Contractors 18,890 0.88 $23.59 $49,070
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 3,350 0.24 $21.72 $45,180
Facilities Support Services 220 0.14 $23.35 $48,570
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 860 0.12 $21.33 $44,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 (7) $30.73 $63,910
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.04 $30.45 $63,330
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 240 0.01 $30.11 $62,620
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $29.55 $61,470
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 100 (7) $28.48 $59,230


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 8,020 0.66 1.35 $22.37 $46,520
California 7,500 0.44 0.90 $24.86 $51,700
Florida 6,670 0.77 1.58 $20.21 $42,050
New York 4,890 0.52 1.06 $26.16 $54,410
Virginia 2,700 0.71 1.44 $24.26 $50,470




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 6,670 0.77 1.58 $20.21 $42,050
Oklahoma 1,150 0.72 1.47 $22.21 $46,190
Virginia 2,700 0.71 1.44 $24.26 $50,470
Maryland 1,890 0.70 1.44 $26.10 $54,290
Texas 8,020 0.66 1.35 $22.37 $46,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.36 0.73 $30.65 $63,750
Massachusetts 1,600 0.45 0.91 $29.97 $62,330
Colorado 1,330 0.51 1.04 $26.59 $55,310
Connecticut 550 0.33 0.68 $26.46 $55,040
New York 4,890 0.52 1.06 $26.16 $54,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,220 0.55 1.12 $26.62 $55,370
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,800 0.78 1.60 $22.13 $46,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,550 0.42 0.85 $24.96 $51,910
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,030 0.78 1.60 $20.36 $42,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,020 0.65 1.32 $26.85 $55,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,690 0.63 1.29 $20.18 $41,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,580 0.77 1.57 $23.64 $49,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,530 0.54 1.10 $25.04 $52,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,490 0.50 1.02 $24.33 $50,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,450 0.74 1.52 $23.44 $48,760




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Manchester, NH 170 1.53 3.11 $17.44 $36,270
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 410 1.53 3.13 $20.06 $41,720
Jacksonville, FL 970 1.41 2.87 $18.82 $39,150
Evansville, IN-KY 220 1.38 2.81 $21.19 $44,080
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,380 1.36 2.77 $22.55 $46,910
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 470 1.35 2.75 $16.33 $33,970
Texarkana, TX-AR 70 1.32 2.70 $18.90 $39,320
Jackson, TN 80 1.28 2.62 $15.70 $32,650
Roanoke, VA 190 1.24 2.54 $20.40 $42,440
Peoria, IL 210 1.20 2.45 $27.50 $57,200




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,180 0.43 0.87 $31.34 $65,190
Anchorage, AK 100 0.58 1.18 $31.10 $64,680
Worcester, MA-CT 150 0.51 1.05 $29.61 $61,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 840 0.75 1.53 $29.33 $61,010
Rochester, NY 380 0.73 1.50 $28.88 $60,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 440 0.32 0.66 $28.83 $59,960
Saginaw, MI (8) (8) (8) $28.61 $59,510
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $28.00 $58,240
Colorado Springs, CO (8) (8) (8) $27.96 $58,150
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 530 0.55 1.11 $27.93 $58,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 200 0.59 1.21 $19.98 $41,550
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 0.72 $19.95 $41,500
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 1.71 $23.54 $48,960
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 0.48 $21.39 $44,480
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.07 $16.38 $34,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 1.71 $23.54 $48,960
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.39 $18.96 $39,440
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 200 0.59 1.21 $19.98 $41,550
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 1.13 $21.80 $45,350
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.07 $16.38 $34,060

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.49 $53,030
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.65 $24.96 $51,910
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 1.71 $23.54 $48,960
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.48 $48,850
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 0.67 $22.97 $47,780


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019