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Fire Fighter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Fire Fighters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $43K per year nationwide. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Fire Fighters like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$28,175 - $73,348
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MEDIAN: $43,443
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$9.51 - $26.85
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,175 - $73,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,108  
Profit Sharing
$80.00 - $9,156  
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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$24,668 - $71,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,501
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $26.85  
   
Overtime
$13.45 - $48.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$80.00 - $9,156  
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).
)
$24,668 - $71,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 511
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Fire Fighters sometimes become Fire Chiefs, where the average income is $71K per year. Career advancement for the typical Fire Fighter often leads to becoming a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers or a Fire Inspector; median salaries in these positions are $17K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

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


Fire Fighters with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $37K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. For Fire Fighters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $62K.

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 51%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 308 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%