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Fire Fighter Salary

Fire Fighters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $44K annually. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $71K per year on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority 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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$28,257 - $73,202
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,508
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50%
90%

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$9.88 - $26.81
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,257 - $73,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,200  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $9,000  
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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$25,166 - $71,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $26.81  
   
Overtime
$13.61 - $45.55  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $9,000  
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).
)
$25,166 - $71,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 477
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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

  • 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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While not commonly seen, Fire Fighters who transition into a Deputy Fire Chief position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Deputy Fire Chiefs is $78K 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 Captain; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $21K 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Fire Fighters. During the first five years of their careers, Fire Fighters see a median income of $37K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $42K. On average, Fire Fighters make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 49%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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