Fireman Salary

Men make up the majority of Firemans in the United States, bringing in about $45K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $25K, and the higher rates verge on $79K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,928 - $80,426
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,729
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50%
90%

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$8.83 - $29.63
(Median)
$8
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,928 - $80,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$25,346 - $79,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $29.63  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $197.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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).
)
$25,346 - $79,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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.


Firemans with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Firemans in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. Firemans bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Fireman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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