Fireman Salary

Firemans in the United States take home an average $49K annually. Most enjoy medical while slightly less than one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Most Firemans like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,410 - $86,718
$29K
$49K
$87K
MEDIAN: $48,549
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50%
90%

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$9.23 - $29.24
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$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$29,410 - $86,718  
   
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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$29,064 - $80,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $29.24  
   
Overtime
$38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$29,064 - $80,518  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

  • Extinguish and control fires using shovels or water pumps.
  • Educate the general public on fire safety and prevention.
  • Maintain contact with emergency dispatch at all times and request additional resources as needed.
  • Coordinate with other firefighters as a member of the crew.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fireman

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $41K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. Firemans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Firemans with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $55K.

Key Stats for Fireman

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Fireman Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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