Fire Fighter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Fire Fighters earn an average of $44K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $71K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,258 - $73,448
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,523
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50%
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$9.90 - $26.38
(Median)
$9
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,258 - $73,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,169  
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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$25,280 - $71,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $48.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,169  
   
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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$25,280 - $71,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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As Fire Fighters transition into upper-level roles such as Deputy Fire Chief, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Deputy Fire Chiefs earn $78K on average per year. When Fire Fighters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss or Fire Captains. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $21K, 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Fire Fighters. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $38K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $42K. Fire Fighters bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $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
up arrow 22%

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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