Fire Chief Salary

The majority of Fire Chiefs in the United States — just under nine-tenths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $45K to $128K per year, and the median is $75K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,016 - $126,762
$48K
$75K
$130K
MEDIAN: $74,658
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50%
90%

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$15.05 - $47.49
$15
$21
$47
MEDIAN: $20.83
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$0$128K
Salary $48,016 - $126,762
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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$44,610 - $128,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 249
Hourly Data $0$68
Hourly Rate $15.05 - $47.49
Overtime $33.78
Annual Data $0$128K
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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$44,610 - $128,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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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.

Fire Chief Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Fire Chief?

Fire Chief in San Antonio:
The job is not easy but the the end of the day you feel great.

Key Stats for Fire Chief

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
64%
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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$74,000

Experienced
▼7%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
64%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 15%
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