Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
57,390 3.1 % $19.59 $40,760 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $14.83 $18.51 $23.37 $29.53
Annual Wage (2) $24,880 $30,840 $38,500 $48,600 $61,420


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 33,240 4.26 $19.18 $39,900
Building Equipment Contractors 17,170 1.04 $20.34 $42,320
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,300 0.48 $15.90 $33,070
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 990 0.32 $21.55 $44,830
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 840 0.14 $22.53 $46,860

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 33,240 4.26 $19.18 $39,900
Building Equipment Contractors 17,170 1.04 $20.34 $42,320
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,300 0.48 $15.90 $33,070
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 990 0.32 $21.55 $44,830
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 840 0.14 $22.53 $46,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $28.30 $58,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 250 0.01 $22.65 $47,120
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 840 0.14 $22.53 $46,860
Department Stores 40 (7) $21.76 $45,250
Facilities Support Services 90 0.06 $21.75 $45,230


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)
Florida 7,180 1.01 2.24 $17.56 $36,510
California 6,050 0.43 0.96 $21.54 $44,810
New York 4,670 0.56 1.24 $21.20 $44,090
Texas 4,470 0.44 0.98 $17.25 $35,880
Pennsylvania 2,620 0.48 1.06 $21.04 $43,760




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 7,180 1.01 2.24 $17.56 $36,510
Utah 890 0.78 1.72 $21.86 $45,480
Maryland 1,740 0.71 1.56 $21.96 $45,680
Arizona 1,490 0.63 1.39 $15.09 $31,390
Colorado 1,290 0.60 1.32 $19.82 $41,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 220 0.55 1.22 $25.79 $53,640
Massachusetts 1,400 0.45 1.00 $25.46 $52,950
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.12 $24.53 $51,030
Alaska 120 0.39 0.85 $24.37 $50,700
Nevada 640 0.58 1.28 $24.25 $50,440

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,740 0.55 1.22 $23.44 $48,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.55 1.22 $21.92 $45,590
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.51 1.13 $24.71 $51,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.60 1.34 $21.57 $44,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,330 0.53 1.18 $17.38 $36,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,260 0.75 1.66 $14.78 $30,750
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,260 1.16 2.56 $17.97 $37,380
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.05 2.32 $20.61 $42,870
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,210 1.76 3.91 $18.68 $38,850
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.63 1.39 $23.55 $48,980




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)
Jacksonville, FL 1,050 1.84 4.07 $16.81 $34,960
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,210 1.76 3.91 $18.68 $38,850
Provo-Orem, UT 260 1.57 3.47 $18.81 $39,120
Jackson, TN 90 1.53 3.39 $15.23 $31,690
Syracuse, NY 450 1.51 3.35 $16.35 $34,010
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 220 1.49 3.29 $16.19 $33,670
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 80 1.18 2.62 $16.49 $34,300
Anderson, SC 70 1.18 2.60 $16.52 $34,360
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,260 1.16 2.56 $17.97 $37,380
Fargo, ND-MN 130 1.08 2.40 $17.62 $36,650




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $30.40 $63,230
Bloomington-Normal, IL (8) (8) (8) $28.30 $58,860
Owensboro, KY (8) (8) (8) $26.85 $55,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 790 0.48 1.06 $26.69 $55,510
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.98 $54,030
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.69 1.54 $25.79 $53,640
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.24 $52,500
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.64 1.42 $25.15 $52,310
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 420 0.77 1.70 $25.08 $52,170
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.82 $51,620

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.13 2.49 $12.67 $26,350
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.57 1.27 $14.00 $29,110
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 1.17 $15.41 $32,060
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.11 2.47 $13.53 $28,150
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 0.63 $16.70 $34,740

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.13 2.49 $12.67 $26,350
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.11 2.47 $13.53 $28,150
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.57 1.27 $14.00 $29,110
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 1.17 $15.41 $32,060
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.12 $22.67 $47,150

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)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.85 $53,770
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.70 $24.44 $50,830
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.12 $22.67 $47,150
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.89 $22.55 $46,900
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 0.67 $21.43 $44,570


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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