Fireman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Firemans earn an average of $41K per year. Compensation ranges between $25K and $75K per year. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Firemans enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,341 - $78,209
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$78K
MEDIAN: $41,127
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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: 20 Jun 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).
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$25,296 - $75,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Firemans with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Firemans make a median salary of $50K. Firemans who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

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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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