Fire Chief Salary

Approximately nine in ten of Fire Chiefs in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $46K to $119K per year, but median earnings come to around $75K per year. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,581 - $119,200
(Median)
$48K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,609
10%
50%
90%

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$11.89 - $41.46
(Median)
$12
$23
$41
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,581 - $119,200  
   
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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$45,574 - $118,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $41.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$45,574 - $118,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 see a median salary of $66K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Fire Chiefs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $80K.

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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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
64%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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