Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over four-fifths of Fire Captains. Pay fluctuates from $39K to $104K per year, but expected earnings average $64K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Fire Captains report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,031 - $105,682
$42K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $63,736
10%
50%
90%

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$13.68 - $39.87
$14
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20.67
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,031 - $105,682  
   
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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$39,318 - $103,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $39.87  
   
Overtime
$21.51 - $60.20  
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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$39,318 - $103,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. Fire Captains bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Fire Captains who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.

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 23 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
45%
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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 23 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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