Fire Chief Salary

Fire Chiefs in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under nine-tenths of Fire Chiefs. Salaries average out to around $73K annually and spread from $44K to $125K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Fire Chiefs claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,051 - $123,213
$46K
$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $73,253
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50%
90%

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$11.90 - $68.51
$12
$22
$69
MEDIAN: $21.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,051 - $123,213  
   
Bonus
$515 - $34,905  
Total Pay (?
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$43,956 - $124,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $68.51  
   
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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$43,956 - $124,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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

Pay by Experience for a Fire Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Fire Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 84 salaries. A Fire Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 158 salaries.

Key Stats for Fire Chief

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%
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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
▲5%

National Average
$73,000

Experienced
▼6%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 13%