Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly nine-tenths of Fire Captains. Pay fluctuates from $38K to $102K per year, but expected earnings average $64K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Fire Captains is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,232 - $107,816

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$12.17 - $32.82

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Salary
$41,232 - $107,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,700  
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$37,915 - $102,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 307
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Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $32.82  
   
Overtime
$19.16 - $52.67  
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$0.00 - $2,700  
   
Total Pay (?
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$37,915 - $102,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $41K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $44K. On average, Fire Captains make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Fire Captains who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $70K.

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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 13%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 28%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

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
39%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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