Male Fire Fighters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $46K annually in the United States. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Fire Fighters is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,767 - $78,425
$30K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $46,255
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90%

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$10.12 - $27.56
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$28
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,767 - $78,425  
   
Bonus
$515 - $9,933  
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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$26,595 - $76,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,004
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $27.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$14.70 - $49.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $9,933  
   
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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$26,595 - $76,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 326

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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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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 $81K on average per year. When Fire Fighters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Fire Lieutenants or First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $14K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Fighter


Fire Department of New York (FDNY) offers the largest salaries in town ($94K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $49K to $113K.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

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


Fire Fighters with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $39K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median 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: $44,143

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

The three largest American cities — Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago — all offer salaries higher than the national average for Fire Fighters. Fire Fighters' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Fire Fighters in Columbia bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Atlanta and 9 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Fire Fighter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Fire Fighter

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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