Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than four-fifths of Fire Captains. Pay fluctuates from $39K to $105K per year, but expected earnings average $64K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,956 - $106,968
$42K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $63,839
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50%
90%

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$13.72 - $39.73
$14
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,956 - $106,968  
   
Bonus
$3,600  
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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$39,294 - $104,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$21.77 - $62.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3,600  
   
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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$39,294 - $104,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Captain

Pay by Experience for a Fire Captain has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Captain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 15 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Captain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Fire Captain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 138 salaries. A Fire Captain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 117 salaries.

Fire Captain Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Fire Captain?

Fire Captain in Savannah:
"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.

Key Stats for Fire Captain

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
46%
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Experience Affects Fire Captain Salaries

▲17%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%
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