Average Hourly Wage of Security and Fire Systems Installers, By State

This is the 24th installment of Construction Junkie's weekly analysis of the hourly wages of each individual construction profession by state.  The three previous professions we examined were elevator installersreinforcing iron and rebar workerspipelayers, and concrete finishers.  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

I had a request to cover fire suppression system installers on our weekly look at hourly wage data, but unfortunately the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't specifically break that profession out separately.  They do, however, have a category called Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers, which I believe will cover the category. According to the BLS, Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers "Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment."

Below you'll find a breakout of how each state compensates their Security and Fire Systems Installers.  All data below comes from the BLS' most recent reports from May 2016. 

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Security and Fire Systems Installers, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Security and Fire Systems Installers, by State

51. District of Columbia  --  Data Not Available/hour

50. Arkansas  --  $15.30/hour

49. Mississippi  --  $15.79/hour

48. West Virginia  --  $17.61/hour

47. Louisiana  --  $17.73/hour

46. Georgia  --  $17.89/hour

45. Nebraska  --  $18.08/hour

44. New Mexico  --  $18.10/hour

43. South Carolina  --  $18.11/hour

42. Kentucky  --  $18.85/hour

41. Oklahoma  --  $19.14/hour

40. Alabama  --  $19.63/hour

39. North Carolina  --  $20.14/hour

38. Florida  --  $20.22/hour

37. Idaho  --  $20.43/hour

36. Montana  --  $20.53/hour

35. Missouri  --  $20.66/hour

34. Wisconsin  --  $21.21/hour

33. Virginia  --  $21.33/hour

32. Iowa  --  $21.34/hour

31. Indiana  --  $21.50/hour

30. Texas  --  $21.56/hour

29. Utah  --  $21.60/hour

28. Michigan  --  $21.73/hour

27. Hawaii  --  $21.76/hour

26. Vermont  --  $21.86/hour

25. Oregon  --  $21.87/hour

24. Rhode Island  --  $21.92/hour

23. Pennsylvania  --  $22.00/hour

22. Illinois  --  $22.38/hour

21. Tennessee  --  $22.42/hour

20. Colorado  --  $22.53/hour

19. Maine  --  $22.60/hour

18. Ohio  --  $22.70/hour

17. Minnesota  --  $22.87/hour

16. Washington--$22.90/hour

15. New York  --  $23.00/hour

14. Wyoming  --  $23.49/hour

13. California  --  $23.50/hour

12. New Hampshire  --  $23.71/hour

11. North Dakota  --  $23.82/hour

10. Maryland  --  $24.12/hour

9. New Jersey  --  $24.13/hour

8. Kansas  --  $24.64/hour

7. Nevada  --  $24.89/hour

6. Delaware  --  $24.94/hour

5. Arizona  --  $25.39/hour

4. South Dakota  --  $25.62/hour

3. Connecticut  --  $26.10/hour

2. Massachusetts  --  $27.85/hour

1. Alaska  --  $30.69/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of Security and Fire Systems Installers - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of Security and Fire Systems Installers- Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. District of Columbia  --  Data Not Available/hour

50. Hawaii  --  $7.31/hour

49. California  --  $12.78/hour

48. Oregon  --  $14.94/hour

47. New York  --  $15.73/hour

46. Rhode Island  --  $17.03/hour

45. Arkansas  --  $17.23/hour

44. Maryland  --  $17.61/hour

43. Mississippi  --  $18.08/hour

42. West Virginia  --  $18.33/hour

41. South Carolina  --  $18.36/hour

40. Louisiana  --  $18.69/hour

39. New Jersey  --  $18.70/hour

38. New Mexico  --  $19.17/hour

37. Massachusetts  --  $19.36/hour

36. Nebraska  --  $19.56/hour

35. Georgia  --  $19.57/hour

34. Maine  --  $19.96/hour

33. Kentucky  --  $20.11/hour

32. Montana  --  $20.39/hour

31. Florida  --  $20.52/hour

30. Virginia  --  $20.86/hour

29. New Hampshire  --  $20.86/hour

28. Washington  --  $21.07/hour

27. Oklahoma  --  $21.09/hour

26. Vermont  --  $21.23/hour

25. North Carolina  --  $21.23/hour

24. Alaska  --  $21.36/hour

23. Alabama  --  $21.46/hour

22. Pennsylvania  --  $21.65/hour

21. Wisconsin  --  $21.76/hour

20. Connecticut  --  $21.79/hour

19. Colorado  --  $21.88/hour

18. Idaho  --  $22.21/hour

17. Utah  --  $22.62/hour

16. Missouri--$22.75/hour

15. Minnesota  --  $22.92/hour

14. Illinois  --  $23.01/hour

13. Iowa  --  $23.07/hour

12. Indiana  --  $23.48/hour

11. Nevada  --  $23.55/hour

10. Texas  --  $23.59/hour

9. Michigan  --  $23.84/hour

8. North Dakota  --  $24.08/hour

7. Wyoming  --  $24.31/hour

6. Delaware  --  $24.39/hour

5. Ohio  --  $24.45/hour

4. Tennessee  --  $24.80/hour

3. South Dakota  --  $25.72/hour

2. Arizona  --  $26.28/hour

1. Kansas  --  $27.18/hour