Average Fire Chief Salary

$78,303
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$2,000
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The average salary for a Fire Chief is $78,303.
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$49k
MEDIAN
$78k
90%
$123k
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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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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.
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).

This data is based on 463 survey responses.
Early Career
7.3%
Mid Career
5.4%
Experienced
21.4%
Late Career
65.9%