Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly nine in ten bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K annually on average but can range from $38K to $102K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Fire Captains, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,287 - $106,855
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,585
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90%

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$12.47 - $32.68
(Median)
$12
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,287 - $106,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,451  
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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$37,880 - $101,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $32.68  
   
Overtime
$19.33 - $52.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,451  
   
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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$37,880 - $101,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Fire Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$62,000

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 59 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%
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