Fire Fighter Salary

Fire Fighters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $43K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $71K per year. Residence and experience level 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 Fire Fighters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,420 - $73,296

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$9.91 - $26.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,420 - $73,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,189  
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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$25,473 - $71,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $26.35  
   
Overtime
$13.49 - $48.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,189  
   
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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$25,473 - $71,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 469
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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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Fire Fighters who transition into a Deputy Fire Chief role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $78K per year. Typical career progression for a Fire Fighter involves becoming a First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers or a Fire Lieutenant, roles that pay $16K more and $11K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Fire Fighters, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $38K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. Fire Fighters bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Fire Fighters, New York provides a pay rate that is 83 percent greater than the national average. Fire Fighters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+56 percent), Seattle (+47 percent), Los Angeles (+35 percent), and Richmond (+23 percent). Fire Fighters in Columbia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (13 percent less) and Denver (8 percent less).

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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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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: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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