Fire Captain Salary

Fire Captains in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under nine-tenths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $63K annually on average but can range from $37K to $102K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Fire Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,369 - $105,370
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$110K
MEDIAN: $62,723
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50%
90%

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$12.87 - $32.83
(Median)
$13
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,369 - $105,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
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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$37,259 - $102,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $32.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$19.80 - $55.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
   
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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$37,259 - $102,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Fire Captains. The average inexperienced worker earns $39K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. Fire Captains see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $71K on average.

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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 17%

National Average
$61,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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