The average salary for a Fire Chief is $78,303.
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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 ot…Read more
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.
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 34 salaries. A mid-career Fire Chief with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,098 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Fire Chief with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,531 based on 99 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,955.
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Employees with Fire Chief in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 53.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (34.1% more) and San Antonio, Texas (2.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico (38.3% less), Cincinnati, Ohio (14.4% less) and Easton, Pennsylvania (9.1% less).
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