Fire Fighter Salary

Fire Fighters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $46K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Fire Fighters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,860 - $79,104
$30K
$46K
$79K
MEDIAN: $46,332
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50%
90%

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$10.13 - $27.45
$10
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,860 - $79,104  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,910  
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$26,662 - $77,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 962
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $27.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$14.76 - $49.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,910  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$26,662 - $77,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 313

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Job Description for Fire Fighter

Firefighters work for municipalities, counties, airports, and other government and private organizations, and their primary responsibility is to protect the communities they serve from various disaster situations. They extinguish fires from burning buildings, houses, forests, cars, etc. and also serve as first responders in other emergency situations, primarily medical emergencies and rescuing pets or wounded animals.

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Fire Fighter Tasks

  • Extinguish and control fires using shovels or water pumps.
  • Educate the general public on fire safety and prevention.
  • Maintain contact with emergency dispatch at all times and request additional resources as needed.
  • Coordinate with other firefighters as a member of the crew.

Common Career Paths for Fire Fighter


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Fire Fighters may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $84K annually. Typical career progression for a Fire Fighter involves becoming a Fire Lieutenant or a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers, roles that pay $9K more and $14K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Fighter


Known for taking on a considerable number of Fire Fighters, Cal Fire, Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Fire Fighter, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Houston Fire Department are leading firms in the industry. Fire Fighters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where the median salary comes to $94K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($49K) and those starting out ($113K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

Pay by Experience for a Fire Fighter has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Fighter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 668 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Fighter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 374 salaries. An experienced Fire Fighter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 349 salaries. A Fire Fighter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 136 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,335

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, the three largest American cities, are home to some of the highest salaries for Fire Fighters; they all offer salaries above the field's national average. Compared to the national average, Columbia Fire Fighters have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Atlanta and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

Fire Fighter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Fire Fighter

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

▲38%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$44,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 10%
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