Fire Fighter Salary
|Salary||$30,063 - $80,264|
|Bonus||$494.35 - $10,113|
|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).)
|$26,629 - $77,969|
|Hourly Rate||$10.10 - $28.15|
|Overtime||$14.84 - $49.25|
|Bonus||$494.35 - $10,113|
|Total Pay (||$26,629 - $77,969|
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.Read More...
A high school diploma or GED is a minimum requirement for this position, while some employers require an associate's degree or higher. Firefighters must be in excellent physical condition and pass background checks, drug screenings, and medical and fitness examinations, such as relevant provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet, for the position. They should also have computer skills and be able to use relevant program applications.
Firefighters must have valid drivers' licenses and clean driving records. Before being hired, they must pass a variety of tests and should then become involved in various community programs, such as fire prevention and inspection activities. Firefighters often attend community fairs to show children and adults their fire trucks and answer their questions.
Firefighters must be flexible with their time, as fire departments must be available 24/7, and the ability to work well in a team environment is essential to succeed in the position and keep everyone safe. They must be able to work in stressful and dangerous situations, and interpersonal and communication skills are also important to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Some may occasionally travel to help fire departments in other counties or states.
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
Fire Fighters who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year. The most common next step for a Fire Fighter is to become a Fire Lieutenant or a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $14K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Fighter
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Fire Fighters include Cal Fire, Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Fire Fighter, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Houston Fire Department. Employees of Fire Department of New York (FDNY) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $94K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $49K to $113K.
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
Professionals earn a generous sum in the three largest American cities: Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago each offer salaries above the national average. Fire Fighters in Columbia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).
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