Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
55,300 2.5 % $21.09 $43,870 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.75 $16.10 $20.19 $25.28 $30.79
Annual Wage (2) $26,530 $33,490 $42,000 $52,590 $64,050


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 34,790 4.17 $20.75 $43,160
Building Equipment Contractors 14,380 0.83 $21.93 $45,610
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,840 0.61 $19.07 $39,670
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 760 0.24 $21.72 $45,170
Employment Services 630 0.02 $21.60 $44,920

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 34,790 4.17 $20.75 $43,160
Building Equipment Contractors 14,380 0.83 $21.93 $45,610
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,840 0.61 $19.07 $39,670
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 760 0.24 $21.72 $45,170
Facilities Support Services 100 0.08 $25.37 $52,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $28.04 $58,310
Facilities Support Services 100 0.08 $25.37 $52,770
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $25.31 $52,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $25.07 $52,140
Other General Merchandise Stores 100 0.01 $24.87 $51,730


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 7,360 0.50 1.20 $23.35 $48,570
Florida 5,720 0.77 1.84 $17.47 $36,340
Texas 4,930 0.45 1.08 $19.11 $39,750
Pennsylvania 2,940 0.52 1.25 $22.53 $46,870
New York 2,930 0.34 0.81 $25.25 $52,520




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 5,720 0.77 1.84 $17.47 $36,340
Virginia 2,170 0.60 1.43 $21.56 $44,850
New Mexico 460 0.59 1.42 $18.93 $39,380
New Jersey 2,230 0.58 1.40 $23.32 $48,510
Oregon 930 0.57 1.36 $24.05 $50,030




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 50 0.07 0.17 $29.11 $60,560
Illinois 1,240 0.22 0.52 $26.82 $55,790
Alaska 140 0.43 1.02 $25.79 $53,650
Massachusetts 1,110 0.34 0.82 $25.29 $52,610
New York 2,930 0.34 0.81 $25.25 $52,520





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,250 0.57 1.36 $23.11 $48,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.39 0.93 $26.68 $55,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.70 1.69 $23.43 $48,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.72 1.72 $24.08 $50,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.74 1.78 $22.20 $46,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,040 0.91 2.17 $18.96 $39,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 990 0.36 0.86 $22.18 $46,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 900 0.42 1.01 $18.78 $39,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 830 0.36 0.86 $19.82 $41,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 810 0.45 1.09 $21.88 $45,520




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)
Jackson, TN 90 1.59 3.80 $19.80 $41,190
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 740 1.41 3.39 $18.10 $37,660
Peoria, IL 230 1.29 3.10 (8) (8)
Amarillo, TX 130 1.20 2.88 $16.43 $34,180
Jacksonville, FL 670 1.15 2.75 $15.39 $32,020
Columbus, GA-AL 130 1.13 2.70 $18.17 $37,800
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 230 1.11 2.66 $18.56 $38,610
New Haven, CT 300 1.09 2.60 $22.18 $46,130
San Angelo, TX 50 1.05 2.51 $12.51 $26,020
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 770 1.05 2.52 $17.26 $35,900




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 640 0.69 1.65 $30.65 $63,750
Anchorage, AK 90 0.51 1.22 $28.30 $58,860
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $27.86 $57,950
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 800 0.22 0.52 $27.20 $56,580
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.15 0.37 $27.10 $56,370
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 430 0.35 0.83 $26.72 $55,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.39 0.93 $26.68 $55,490
St. Cloud, MN (8) (8) (8) $26.54 $55,190
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 100 0.37 0.89 $26.38 $54,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 630 0.36 0.87 $26.31 $54,720

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 180 0.69 1.67 $18.31 $38,080
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.14 $22.40 $46,590
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.24 0.58 $21.17 $44,040
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.21 $22.69 $47,190
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 0.78 $19.11 $39,750

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 180 0.69 1.67 $18.31 $38,080
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.21 $22.69 $47,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.14 $22.40 $46,590
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.98 $20.32 $42,260
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.99 $15.15 $31,510

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)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.29 $48,430
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.51 1.21 $22.69 $47,190
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.14 $22.40 $46,590
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.64 $21.60 $44,930
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.24 0.58 $21.17 $44,040


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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