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Fire Chief Salary

Fire Chiefs in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and approximately nine in ten have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $74K per year, but may range from $46K to $120K per year. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,017 - $119,706
(Median)
$48K
$74K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,284
10%
50%
90%

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$11.86 - $40.00
(Median)
$12
$23
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$48,017 - $119,706  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,282  
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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$46,080 - $119,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.31  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,282  
   
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).
)
$46,080 - $119,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $66K. Fire Chiefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $80K on average.

 
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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%
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