Men make up the majority of Fire Fighters in the United States, bringing in about $46K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of Fire Fighters claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,517 - $77,235
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$77K
MEDIAN: $45,807
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$10.01 - $26.91
(Median)
$10
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,517 - $77,235  
   
Bonus
$584 - $8,082  
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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$26,058 - $75,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,008
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $26.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.70 - $49.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$584 - $8,082  
   
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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$26,058 - $75,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Deputy Fire Chief, where median compensation is $81K annually. 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 Lieutenants. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $10K, respectively.

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Fire Fighters flock to Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $94K lead the pack in compensation; however, Fire Department of New York (FDNY) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $49K at one end to $113K at the other end.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. On average, Fire Fighters make $51K following one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $43,670

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

With a pay rate for Fire Fighters that is 72 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Fire Fighters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+49 percent), Boston (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+40 percent), and Miami (+22 percent). Compared to the national average, Columbia Fire Fighters have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Dallas (15 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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