Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
53,960 2.6 % $20.77 $43,210 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.68 $15.90 $19.73 $24.86 $30.64
Annual Wage (2) $26,370 $33,070 $41,030 $51,720 $63,720


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 33,580 4.13 $20.63 $42,900
Building Equipment Contractors 14,370 0.86 $21.32 $44,340
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,620 0.54 $17.69 $36,790
Employment Services 1,000 0.03 $20.97 $43,610
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.20 $21.83 $45,410

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 33,580 4.13 $20.63 $42,900
Building Equipment Contractors 14,370 0.86 $21.32 $44,340
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,620 0.54 $17.69 $36,790
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.20 $21.83 $45,410
Facilities Support Services 110 0.09 $24.50 $50,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $24.72 $51,410
Other General Merchandise Stores 90 0.01 $24.65 $51,270
Facilities Support Services 110 0.09 $24.50 $50,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $24.44 $50,830
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 (7) $23.41 $48,690


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)
California 7,070 0.49 1.19 $22.80 $47,420
Florida 5,550 0.76 1.84 $17.61 $36,630
Texas 4,250 0.40 0.97 $18.31 $38,090
Pennsylvania 3,020 0.54 1.30 $22.75 $47,310
New York 2,950 0.35 0.83 $24.17 $50,270




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)
New Mexico 640 0.82 1.99 $18.46 $38,400
Florida 5,550 0.76 1.84 $17.61 $36,630
Rhode Island 270 0.59 1.42 $24.31 $50,570
Virginia 2,050 0.57 1.37 $21.96 $45,680
South Carolina 990 0.55 1.33 $16.48 $34,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 500 0.44 1.06 $26.58 $55,290
Massachusetts 970 0.30 0.73 $25.54 $53,130
Rhode Island 270 0.59 1.42 $24.31 $50,570
New Jersey 2,050 0.54 1.30 $24.21 $50,350
New York 2,950 0.35 0.83 $24.17 $50,270





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 2,020 0.39 0.95 $26.22 $54,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.48 1.15 $22.26 $46,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.72 1.75 $23.35 $48,560
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.73 1.75 $25.73 $53,530
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.85 2.04 $23.28 $48,420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.30 0.73 $24.03 $49,980
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 950 0.84 2.02 $19.52 $40,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 820 0.36 0.87 $19.32 $40,190
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.83 2.00 $23.83 $49,560
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 740 1.04 2.51 $18.50 $38,480




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)
Peoria, IL 280 1.56 3.77 $26.87 $55,880
Albuquerque, NM 550 1.50 3.62 $18.97 $39,460
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 200 1.33 3.20 $15.52 $32,290
Amarillo, TX 140 1.30 3.14 $15.70 $32,660
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 620 1.22 2.95 $17.74 $36,890
Jackson, TN 70 1.19 2.86 $17.44 $36,280
Knoxville, TN 340 1.05 2.53 $20.69 $43,040
Tallahassee, FL 160 1.04 2.52 $16.83 $35,010
Jacksonville, FL 600 1.04 2.50 $15.05 $31,310
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 740 1.04 2.51 $18.50 $38,480




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)
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.42 1.03 $28.62 $59,530
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 660 0.73 1.77 $28.46 $59,190
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 430 0.52 1.26 $27.40 $56,990
Peoria, IL 280 1.56 3.77 $26.87 $55,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 570 0.33 0.80 $26.61 $55,350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 640 0.66 1.60 $26.42 $54,950
Salinas, CA 40 0.27 0.66 $26.25 $54,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.39 0.95 $26.22 $54,540
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $26.19 $54,480
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.46 1.11 $25.84 $53,750

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 190 0.77 1.87 $18.73 $38,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 1.34 $19.83 $41,240
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 0.80 $21.11 $43,900
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 0.88 $13.34 $27,750
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 0.42 $15.41 $32,050

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 190 0.77 1.87 $18.73 $38,950
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 1.34 $19.83 $41,240
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.36 0.88 $13.34 $27,750
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 0.80 $21.11 $43,900
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.76 $16.82 $34,990

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) $25.63 $53,310
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.74 $47,290
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.02 $45,810
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.58 $21.75 $45,250
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 0.80 $21.11 $43,900


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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