Fire Fighter Salary

Fire Fighters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $25K to $71K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Fire Fighters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,266 - $73,160
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,632
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$9.73 - $27.07
(Median)
$9
$15
$27
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,266 - $73,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
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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$24,911 - $71,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $27.07  
   
Overtime
$13.40 - $45.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
   
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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$24,911 - $71,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482

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Job Description for Fire Fighter

To be a Firefighter, you must be ready to get your hands dirty. It is part of the job description for Firefighters to rush to the scene of an emergency and lend aid. Oftentimes, their job is to help other emergency responders rescue anyone in distress; this includes rescuing stroke or heart attack victims and getting them to paramedics. Whenever the need arises and a fire breaks out, it is a Firefighter’s duty to respond to the scene and utilize his or her knowledge to contain and extinguish that fire. It may be necessary to perform rescues for people or animals trapped in burning buildings.

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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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It's not very common for Fire Fighters to move on to become Fire Chiefs. Average pay for a Fire Chief is $71K annually. 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 $17K 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.


Fire Fighters with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $37K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. Fire Fighters see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $62K.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%