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Fire Fighter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Fire Fighters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $44K per year nationwide. The pay spectrum stretches from $25K to $71K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Fire Fighters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,184 - $73,187
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,551
10%
50%
90%

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$9.83 - $27.01
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,184 - $73,187  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$25,063 - $71,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $27.01  
   
Overtime
$13.52 - $45.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
   
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).
)
$25,063 - $71,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Fire Fighters move into roles as Fire Chiefs, where pay is an average $71K per year. First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss or Fire Inspectors are common next-step roles for Fire Fighters moving up in their careers; annual pay for First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss is $16K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Fire Inspectors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Fire Fighters. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $37K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

Fire Fighter Reviews

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
up arrow 49%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-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: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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