Fire Chief Salary

Fire Chiefs in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately nine-tenths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $75K annually. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Fire Chiefs largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,476 - $122,108
(Median)
$48K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,282
10%
50%
90%

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$11.83 - $44.04
(Median)
$12
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,476 - $122,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$46,083 - $120,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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).
)
$46,083 - $120,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $64K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $69K on average. Fire Chiefs see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $81K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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