A Fire Chief earns an average salary of $72,848 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.
Fire Chief Total Pay (?
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$48,164 - $117,994
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73K
96K
120K
MEDIAN: $72,848
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Fire Chief Total Pay (?
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$11.74 - $39.91
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,164 - $117,994  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
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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$45,300 - $118,370  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $39.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,143  
   
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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$45,300 - $118,370  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 493
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Job Description for Fire Chief
  • 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Fire Chief
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$73,000
Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Entry-Level
up arrow 24%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 84 votes.
Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
65%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 11%
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