Fire Chief Salary

With close to nine-tenths of Fire Chiefs in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $45K to $118K per year and averages out to $74K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Fire Chiefs largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$47,245 - $118,591

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$11.89 - $41.46

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$47,245 - $118,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,294  
Total Pay (?
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$45,264 - $118,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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 - $10,294  
   
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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$45,264 - $118,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $79K.

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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$73,000

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 64 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
24%
20 years or more
65%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%
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