Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
56,330 2.8 % $20.24 $42,110 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.18 $15.31 $19.01 $23.98 $30.30
Annual Wage (2) $25,340 $31,840 $39,540 $49,880 $63,020


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 32,380 4.08 $19.98 $41,560
Building Equipment Contractors 17,290 1.06 $20.97 $43,630
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,660 0.57 $16.30 $33,900
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 940 0.30 $22.71 $47,240
Employment Services 910 0.03 $19.74 $41,060

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 32,380 4.08 $19.98 $41,560
Building Equipment Contractors 17,290 1.06 $20.97 $43,630
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,660 0.57 $16.30 $33,900
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 940 0.30 $22.71 $47,240
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 610 0.10 $17.61 $36,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 30 (7) $26.38 $54,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 $24.23 $50,410
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $23.99 $49,890
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.04 $22.90 $47,630
Local Government (OES Designation) 240 (7) $22.83 $47,480


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 7,270 1.02 2.32 $17.80 $37,020
California 6,250 0.45 1.01 $22.16 $46,090
Texas 4,170 0.40 0.92 $18.09 $37,630
New York 3,860 0.46 1.04 $23.83 $49,560
Pennsylvania 2,600 0.47 1.07 $21.96 $45,670




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 7,270 1.02 2.32 $17.80 $37,020
Arizona 1,840 0.77 1.76 $16.15 $33,590
Utah 750 0.64 1.46 $19.03 $39,580
Nevada 660 0.60 1.36 $26.24 $54,570
Rhode Island 270 0.59 1.35 $23.63 $49,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.14 $29.71 $61,800
Nevada 660 0.60 1.36 $26.24 $54,570
Massachusetts 1,190 0.38 0.86 $25.90 $53,880
Illinois 1,920 0.34 0.78 $25.72 $53,490
Oregon 670 0.42 0.97 $25.51 $53,070





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 2,570 0.51 1.15 $26.22 $54,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.46 1.04 $22.36 $46,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,610 0.95 2.16 $15.82 $32,910
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.41 0.94 $26.90 $55,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.61 1.40 $22.21 $46,190
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.93 2.11 $23.50 $48,890
Jacksonville, FL 1,250 2.18 4.96 $16.35 $34,010
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.20 2.74 $17.43 $36,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.62 1.42 $25.17 $52,360
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,120 0.44 1.00 $19.15 $39,830




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 1,250 2.18 4.96 $16.35 $34,010
Provo-Orem, UT 310 1.78 4.06 $19.33 $40,210
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 110 1.54 3.51 $16.78 $34,910
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,010 1.45 3.30 $19.95 $41,490
Johnson City, TN 100 1.33 3.02 $13.20 $27,450
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 250 1.26 2.87 $17.88 $37,200
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 190 1.24 2.83 $15.50 $32,230
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.20 2.74 $17.43 $36,250
Anderson, SC 70 1.16 2.64 $16.58 $34,500
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 570 1.15 2.63 $17.38 $36,150




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) $30.78 $64,020
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.47 1.06 $28.74 $59,780
Owensboro, KY (8) (8) (8) $27.89 $58,010
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 660 0.39 0.90 $27.44 $57,080
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 650 0.67 1.53 $27.35 $56,890
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,490 0.41 0.94 $26.90 $55,950
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 580 0.72 1.63 $26.35 $54,800
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.48 1.08 $26.30 $54,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,570 0.51 1.15 $26.22 $54,540
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 250 0.45 1.03 $25.89 $53,840

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 310 1.26 2.88 $16.28 $33,860
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.48 1.09 $16.17 $33,630
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 1.81 $13.62 $28,320
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 0.74 $17.67 $36,750
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.46 1.04 $18.06 $37,560

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 310 1.26 2.88 $16.28 $33,860
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 1.81 $13.62 $28,320
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.19 $22.72 $47,250
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 130 0.48 1.09 $16.17 $33,630
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.46 1.04 $18.06 $37,560

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) $28.14 $58,530
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.73 $51,450
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 0.98 $23.18 $48,220
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 1.19 $22.72 $47,250
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.51 $21.30 $44,310


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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