Fire Chief Salary

Fire Chiefs in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under nine in ten have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $45K to $122K per year, median earnings come to $74K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Fire Chiefs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,251 - $122,874
$48K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,964
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50%
90%

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$15.03 - $46.93
$15
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $22.60
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$0$123K
Salary $48,251 - $122,874
Bonus $507 - $35,508
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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$45,264 - $123,297
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 239
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $15.03 - $46.93
Overtime $34.00
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $507 - $35,508
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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$45,264 - $123,297
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15

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Job Description for Fire Chief

Fire chiefs are responsible for providing managerial and administrative direction within a fire department. Their role is one of leadership, and their responsibilities include: planning and supervising fire operations; coordinating fire programs and action plans with a city's government; supervising building inspections for fire hazards to ensure they meet safety standards; preparing the fire department's annual budget; reviewing new and replaced equipment; and performing training drills with other firefighters. Above all, they continue to engage in firefighting and provide rescue and medical services, though this is secondary to their administrative roles.

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Chief

Pay by Experience for a Fire Chief has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Chief with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Chief with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Fire Chief which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 84 salaries. A Fire Chief with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 158 salaries.

Fire Chief Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Fire Chief?

Fire Chief in San Antonio:
The job is not easy but the the end of the day you feel great.

Key Stats for Fire Chief

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
67%
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Experience Affects Fire Chief Salaries

Late-Career
▲5%

National Average
$73,000

Experienced
▼6%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
67%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 16%
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