Fire Fighter Salary

A sizeable majority of Fire Fighters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $43K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $25K, and the higher rates verge on $71K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Fire Fighters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,302 - $73,342
(Median)
$28K
$43K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,485
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$9.94 - $26.65
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$28,302 - $73,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,172  
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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$25,391 - $71,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $26.65  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $48.15  
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 - $5,172  
   
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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$25,391 - $71,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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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For Fire Fighters, progressing to a Deputy Fire Chief role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Deputy Fire Chief can earn $78K annually. Fire Fighters most often move into positions as First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss or Fire Lieutenants; those groups report median salaries that are $16K higher and $11K 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.


For many Fire Fighters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $38K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. Fire Fighters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $61K.

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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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 301 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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