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Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to nine-tenths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K annually on average but can range from $38K to $101K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Fire Captains report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,349 - $103,971
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,277
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90%

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$12.96 - $32.60
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,349 - $103,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$37,715 - $100,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.96 - $32.60  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $52.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$37,715 - $100,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Fire Captain

Fire captains play very important roles in today's society. Fire captains are responsible for their station and they report to the fire chief. A fire captain who works in a large station may have somewhat more narrow job requirements due to the fact that their staff can be quite large. However with smaller stations, fire captains have a large range of responsibilities. Some of their duties include managing the fire station, performing safety inspections, checking equipment on a regular basis, ordering new equipment, and they are often times in charge of training new firefighters. The captain is also held accountable to evaluate fires and determine how their firefighters should respond to each and every fire. They are also responsible for finding quick solutions to any problems that may arise.

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Fire Captain Tasks

  • Manage, motivate, train and evaluate team of Fire employees; schedule and prioritize non-emergency activities such as pre-fire planning and training activities.
  • Direct all aspects of fire crews during fire and emergency operations.
  • Oversee the daily activities of Fire personnel during assigned shift.
  • Supervise and participate in the daily care and maintenance of fire station, equipment and grounds.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Captain

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Fire Captains generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $40K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $44K. Fire Captains bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $70K.

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Experience Affects Fire Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$61,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 6%