Security Alarm Installer

Security alarm installers install, program, maintain or repair security alarm wiring and equipment, and ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. This report looks at what is required to run one’s own security alarm installation business only.
License required by 37 states
12th most burdensome licensing requirements
23rd most widely and onerously licensed occupation

Thirty-seven states license security alarm installers. On average, these laws require $487 in fees, more than two years (836 days) of education and experience, and about two exams—the 12th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. The occupation ranks as the 23rd most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary greatly across states. While Connecticut and Tennessee require six years (2,190 days) of education and experience, six states require none. Similarly, Louisiana, Washington and West Virginia require four exams, but seven states require none. Fees range from $133 in Maryland to $1,481 in Louisiana.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Tennessee 37 $963.00 2,190 2 years 4 years 1 0 18
2 Connecticut 37 $435.00 2,190 - 6 years 3 0 18
3 Louisiana 37 $1,481.00 1,829 22 clock hours 5 years 4 0 0
4 New Jersey 37 $167.50 1,460 - 4 years 1 12 18
5 Washington 37 $676.00 1,471 48 clock hours 4 years 4 0 16
6 California 37 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
7 Hawaii 37 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
8 Oklahoma 37 $518.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
9 Idaho 37 $335.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 16
10 Oregon 37 $425.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 12 18
11 Florida 37 $683.75 1,095 - 3 years 2 0 18
12 Utah 37 $599.00 1,099 22 clock hours 3 years 3 0 0
13 Illinois 37 $328.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 21
14 North Carolina 37 $175.00 1,095 - 3 years 0 0 18
15 Rhode Island 37 $505.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 0
16 Virginia 37 $650.00 1,096 8 clock hours 3 years 0 0 0
17 Minnesota 37 $261.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 0
18 Maine 37 $221.00 996 270 clock hours 4000 clock hours 1 0 0
19 Arkansas 37 $1,117.75 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
20 West Virginia 37 $259.00 730 - 2 years 4 0 18
21 New Mexico 37 $462.00 730 - 2 years 3 0 18
22 Massachusetts 37 $276.00 800 300 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
23 Iowa 37 $893.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 0
24 Montana 37 $472.25 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
25 Texas 37 $461.50 730 - 2 years 1 0 18
26 Wyoming 37 $240.00 548 - 1.5 years 1 0 0
27 Georgia 37 $237.00 365 - 1 years 1 0 0
28 Michigan 37 $625.25 0 - - 1 12 21
29 Mississippi 37 $1,090.00 72 28 clock hours 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
30 South Carolina 37 $345.00 4 22 clock hours - 2 0 18
31 New York 37 $287.25 19 81 clock hours - 1 0 18
32 Alabama 37 $490.00 4 22 clock hours - 2 0 0
33 Delaware 37 $260.00 0 - - 0 0 18
34 Arizona 37 $192.00 0 - - 0 0 18
35 Maryland 37 $132.75 0 - - 0 0 18
36 Alaska 37 $300.00 0 - - 0 0 0
37 D C 37 $266.00 0 - - 0 0 0