Fire Fighter Salary

Men make up the majority of Fire Fighters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $47K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fire Fighters. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,063 - $80,264
$30K
$47K
$80K
MEDIAN: $46,870
10%
50%
90%

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$10.10 - $28.15
$10
$15
$28
MEDIAN: $15.19
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50%
90%

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$0$80K
Salary $30,063 - $80,264
Bonus $494.35 - $10,113
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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$26,629 - $77,969
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 939
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $10.10 - $28.15
Hourly Tips $0.67
Overtime $14.84 - $49.25
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $494.35 - $10,113
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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$26,629 - $77,969
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 314

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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 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

National Average: $44,693

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

Fire Fighter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Fire Fighter?

Fire Fighter in State College:
"I like my job actualy."
Pros: I enjoy my job and I am free.
Cons: I like to fight fire and be more than skillful.

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 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

▲37%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%
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