Fireman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Firemans earn an average of $41K per year. Pay generally varies between $25K and $75K per year. Job satisfaction for Firemans is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,341 - $78,209
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$78K
MEDIAN: $41,127
10%
50%
90%

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$8.21 - $29.72
(Median)
$8
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,341 - $78,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$25,296 - $75,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $29.72  
   
Overtime
$14.29 - $37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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).
)
$25,296 - $75,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Fireman

The position of a fireman is a very physical, time-consuming job which requires a great deal of dedication. When not serving as heroes in the public eye, firemen are also responsible for upkeep, both of themselves and their equipment. Not only are they required to keep their trucks, hoses, and other equipment clean, they are also responsible for ongoing training and drills. During their so-called "down time," they rehearse dangerous and life-threatening situations and train for various procedures, both preventative and after the fact.

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Fireman 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fireman

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Firemans — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Firemans who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Fireman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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