Fire Chief Salary

Fire Chiefs in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under nine in ten bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $72K per year on average but can range from $46K to $121K per year. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,413 - $120,793
$47K
$72K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,257
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90%

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$11.81 - $69.04
$12
$23
$69
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,413 - $120,793  
   
Bonus
$515 - $34,905  
Total Pay (?
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$45,997 - $121,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $69.04  
   
Overtime
$28.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $34,905  
   
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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$45,997 - $121,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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

  • 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.
  • Manage personnel and equipment to maintain peak performance abilities.
  • Oversee medical responses as needed.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Chief

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Fire Chiefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $57K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $63K. Fire Chiefs see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $76K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Key Stats for Fire Chief

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%
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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$72,000

Experienced
▼7%

Mid-Career
▼13%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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