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Average Fire Chief Salary

$79,126
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$1,500
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The average salary for a Fire Chief is $79,126.
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$49k
MEDIAN
$79k
90%
$126k
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What Do Fire Chiefs Do?

Fire Chief Tasks
  • Evaluate scale and nature of reported fires while assigning appropriate teams to strategic locations for rescue of people and extinguishing flames.
  • Update, review, and report on personnel, equipment, and incidents.
  • Manage personnel and equipment to maintain peak performance abilities.
  • Oversee medical responses as needed.

Job Satisfaction for Fire Chief

4.4 out of 5
(84)
Highly Satisfied
6Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Chief

$60k

Career Paths

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Fire Chiefs?

An early career Fire Chief with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $69,190 based on 33 salaries. A mid-career Fire Chief with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,516 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Fire Chief with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,248 based on 100 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $84,154.
Employees with Fire Chief in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 51.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (49.0% more) and St. Louis, Missouri (39.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico (38.9% less), Cincinnati, Ohio (37.6% less) and Easton, Pennsylvania (10.0% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 449 survey responses.
Early Career
7.3%
Mid Career
5.1%
Experienced
22.3%
Late Career
65.3%