Fire Captain Salary

Just under nine-tenths of Fire Captains in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $102K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Captains. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,369 - $105,370
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$110K
MEDIAN: $62,723
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50%
90%

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$12.87 - $32.83
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,369 - $105,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
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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$37,259 - $102,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $32.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.80 - $55.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
   
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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$37,259 - $102,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Job Description for Fire Captain

Most of the time, fire captains work at fire stations that belong to local governments, but they may also work for private businesses, such as refining company, airports or oil companies. They are in charge of a crew of firefighters. They must make sure that all fire firefighters working under them follow established safety guidelines and procedures.

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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.


For many Fire Captains, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $47K. Fire Captains see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Fire Captain Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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"Love my job."
Know that you are not in this job for the money. You are here to help others and if that isn't your intent then it's not for you.

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Experience Affects Fire Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$61,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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