Fire Fighter Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Fire Fighter is $43,894 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Fire Fighter Salary (?
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$28,324 - $75,107
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MEDIAN: $43,893
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Fire Fighter Salary (?
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$9.62 - $27.00
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,324 - $75,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,158  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $9,251  
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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$24,903 - $72,292  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $27.00  
   
Overtime
$13.31 - $48.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,158  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $9,251  
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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$24,903 - $72,292  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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Job Description for Fire Fighter

To be a Firefighter, you must be ready to get your hands dirty. It is part of the job description for Firefighters to rush to the scene of an emergency and lend aid. Oftentimes, their job is to help other emergency responders rescue anyone in distress; this includes rescuing stroke or heart attack victims and getting them to paramedics. Whenever the need arises and a fire breaks out, it is a Firefighter’s duty to respond to the scene and utilize his or her knowledge to contain and extinguish that fire. It may be necessary to perform rescues for people or animals trapped in burning buildings.
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Fire Fighter Tasks
  • Maintain contact with emergency dispatch at all times and request additional resources as needed.
  • Coordinate with other firefighters as a member of the crew.
  • Extinguish and control fires using shovels or water pumps.
  • Educate the general public on fire safety and prevention.

Common Career Paths for Fire Fighter

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 79%
Seattle
up arrow 62%
Los Angeles
up arrow 32%
Chicago
up arrow 26%
Miami
up arrow 23%
St. Louis
up arrow 10%
Dallas
up arrow 8%
Houston
up arrow 4%
Kansas City
up arrow 3%
National Average
$42,000
Austin
up arrow 2%
Denver
up arrow 6%
Atlanta
up arrow 11%
Charleston
up arrow 31%
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Fire Fighter Reviews

What is it like working as a Fire Fighter?
Fire Fighter in East Haddam:
Pros: I get to help people when things are going very bad for them.
Cons: The pay and the politics.

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Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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