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Fire Chief Salary (United States)

A Fire Chief earns an average salary of $74,556 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Fire Chief Salary (?
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$48,133 - $119,148
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MEDIAN: $74,555
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Fire Chief Salary (?
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$11.67 - $41.08
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,133 - $119,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,094  
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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$45,886 - $119,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 429
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $41.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,094  
   
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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$45,886 - $119,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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Job Description for Fire Chief

Fire chiefs are responsible for providing managerial and administrative direction within a fire department. Their role is one of leadership, and their responsibilities include: planning and supervising fire operations; coordinating fire programs and action plans with a city's government; supervising building inspections for fire hazards to ensure they meet safety standards; preparing the fire department's annual budget; reviewing new and replaced equipment; and performing training drills with other firefighters. Above all, they continue to engage in firefighting and provide rescue and medical services, though this is secondary to their administrative roles.
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Fire Chief Tasks
  • Manage personnel and equipment to maintain peak performance abilities.
  • Oversee medical responses as needed.
  • Evaluate scale and nature of reported fires while assigning appropriate teams to strategic locations for rescue of people and extinguishing flames.
  • Update, review, and report on personnel, equipment, and incidents.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Chief

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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$74,000
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
64%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%