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How much do CCTV installers earn?

The work of a CCTV installer is highly sought-after, playing a crucial role in the safety and security of homes and businesses. Technology has evolved to develop the scope of possibilities within this role, but is it a lucrative trade to get into? Read on to find out the average CCTV engineer salary in the UK.

The work of a CCTV installer has become more varied over recent years. The advancement of technology, software, and cameras has broadened the possibilities for security and surveillance.

CCTV installation has become highly valued by homeowners and business owners alike. Especially given the fact that the presence of CCTV systems has had a direct impact on the reduction of crime.

So, is this a worthwhile profession to be in? And what is a CCTV engineer salary in the UK like?

The costs in this article are ballpark figures to act as a guide only.

What’s the average CCTV engineer salary in the UK?

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£6.40£52£11,240£0£10,870
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,690£0£14,840
Employed£16.50£132£34,320£0£26,830
Sole Trader£37.00£296£54,580£6,820£36,430
Business Owner (ltd company)£48£384£70,800£12,390£45,915
*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc

CCTV installer salaries in the UK can start from around £16,690 per year for newly qualified CCTV installers.

Meanwhile, for someone with more experience this could go up to around £34,320 per year.

A CCTV engineer salary will depend on a number of factors:

  • Your experience
  • Your skill set and qualifications
  • The complexity of the job
  • Your location
  • The type of organisation you work for

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Since its first use in the UK in the 1960s, CCTV has become widely used. So much so that it’s thought it’s now possible to be ‘caught on camera’ up to 70 times per day.

And with cloud/WiFi-enabled cameras streaming HD video in real-time, the accuracy and reliability of CCTV makes this a must-have install.

Cutting-edge technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), also means there’s a huge amount of potential within this industry.

So, if you’re keen to start a CCTV installation business, let’s look at your earning potential.

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CCTV installation company revenue

  • The annual CCTV installer salary for someone working as a sole trader is around £54,580 per year, before taxes and expenses
  • This rises to the region of £70,800 per year if you own a CCTV installation business trading as a limited company

CCTV installation company profit

However, when you run your own business – whether as a sole trader or limited company – you’ll need to factor in your business costs and expenses.

This will help you understand your profit and true earning potential.

We’ve estimated these costs for a CCTV installation company in the table.

From here, you can get an idea of your average take-home salary as a CCTV engineer. You’ll also be able to calculate the company profits if you were to become the boss.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£6.40£52£11,240£0£10,870
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,690£0£14,840
Employed£16.50£132£34,320£0£26,830
Sole Trader£37.00£296£54,580£6,820£36,430
Business Owner (ltd company)£48£384£70,800£12,390£45,915
*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc

What’s the average wage for an apprentice CCTV installer?

If you already run a CCTV installation company, you might be keen to take on new recruits. So, you’ll want to know the market rate for employee salaries.

CCTV installer salary as an apprentice

The average CCTV engineer salary for an apprentice is around £11,240 per year before tax.

This works out as an hourly rate of around £6.40 per hour, or a day rate of £52 per day.

What’s the average CCTV installer hourly rate?

We’ve also prepared ballpark figures to help understand the average CCTV installer salary, for those with more experience.

The level of experience, location, and the type of organisation you work for will impact earning potential, but as a guide:

  • Newly qualified – £9.50 per hour
  • Employed – £16.50 per hour
  • Sole trader – £37.00 per hour

What does a CCTV installer earn in a day?

We’ve also covered the average day rates for CCTV engineers across the pay scale.

  • Newly qualified – £76 per day
  • Employed – £132 per day
  • Sole trader – £296 per day
  • Business owner (Ltd company) – £384 per day

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CCTV installation can be a very profitable industry to be in. This is especially the case if you have plenty of experience, work in a major city, or have contracts with large security companies.

There’s also scope to diversify your services to include home automation technology and fire alarm installation.

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FAQs

What qualifications do you need to install CCTV?

To install CCTV professionally, you will need to take a college course. For example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Providing Electronic Fire and Security Systems,
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction.

It’s also possible to complete an apprenticeship. For example:

  • Fire Emergency and Security Systems Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Smart Home Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Find out more about how to get into CCTV engineering with our guide to CCTV installation courses.

*Claims are sourced from a survey conducted by Deep Blue Thinking on a nationally representative UK sample in November 2021.
**Year runs from April 21’ to March 22’. Saving calculation based on average spend across 12,505 members in 2020/2021/2022. Discounts differ depending on the partner. Products range from low value items to high value items. Some exclusions will apply on products.

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