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Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under nine in ten have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $101K per year, median earnings come to $65K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Fire Captains enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,406 - $103,765
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,764
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50%
90%

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$12.87 - $32.73
(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
$41,406 - $103,765  
   
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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$37,685 - $101,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $32.73  
   
Overtime
$19.33 - $52.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
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$37,685 - $101,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $40K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fire Captains make a median salary of $61K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $71K.

 
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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 29%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

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
38%
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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