The average pay for a Fire Fighter is $43,590 per year. Experience strongly influences salary for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Fire Fighter Total Pay (?
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$28,356 - $75,584
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MEDIAN: $43,589
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Fire Fighter Total Pay (?
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$9.33 - $27.07
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,356 - $75,584  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,152  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,750  
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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$24,863 - $73,292  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,611
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $27.07  
   
Overtime
$13.42 - $48.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,152  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$24,863 - $73,292  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,611
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Job Description for Fire Fighter
To be a Firefighter, you must be ready to get your hands dirty. It is part of the job description for Firefighters to rush to the scene of an emergency and lend aid. Oftentimes, their job is to help other emergency responders rescue anyone in distress; this includes rescuing stroke or heart attack victims and getting them to paramedics. Whenever the need arises and a fire breaks out, it is a Firefighter’s duty to respond to the scene and utilize his or her knowledge to contain and extinguish that fire. It may be necessary to perform rescues for people or animals trapped in burning buildings.
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Fire Fighter Tasks
  • Monitor, examine, and repair machinery.
  • Read and interpret gauges and correct steam pressure or water levels.
  • Maintain steam boilers, chillers, and auxiliary equipment.
  • Maintain status logs and perform ad hoc maintenance duties.
Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 68%
Seattle
up arrow 66%
Los Angeles
up arrow 41%
Fort Worth
up arrow 40%
Denver
up arrow 35%
Chicago
up arrow 31%
San Antonio
up arrow 30%
Baltimore
up arrow 14%
Dallas
up arrow 9%
Orlando
up arrow 2%
San Diego
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Austin
up arrow 1%
Tucson
up arrow 3%
Atlanta
up arrow 12%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
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Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%
Experienced
up arrow 25%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$42,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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