Fire Fighter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Fire Fighters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $47K per year nationwide. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of Fire Fighters claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,027 - $80,265
$30K
$47K
$80K
MEDIAN: $46,547
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50%
90%

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$10.11 - $28.05
$10
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $15.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,027 - $80,265  
   
Bonus
$482.88 - $10,067  
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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$26,964 - $78,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 998
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $28.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.53  
Overtime
$14.89 - $49.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.88 - $10,067  
   
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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$26,964 - $78,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 324

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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 who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $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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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. Although Fire Department of New York (FDNY) boasts the highest average salary in town at $94K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $49K or as much as $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

National Average: $44,492

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

The three largest American cities — Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago — all offer salaries higher than the national average for Fire Fighters. Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbia Fire Fighters earning much less — 29 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (15 percent lower) and Tampa (10 percent lower).

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 111 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

▲37%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$44,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%
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