Fire Fighter Salary

A sizeable majority of Fire Fighters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $47K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Fire Fighters like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,821 - $81,206
$30K
$47K
$81K
MEDIAN: $46,821
10%
50%
90%

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$10.18 - $25.89
$10
$15
$26
MEDIAN: $15.31
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$0$81K
Salary $29,821 - $81,206
Bonus $577 - $10,391
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$26,469 - $78,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 904
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $10.18 - $25.89
Hourly Tips $0.67
Overtime $15.13 - $50.11
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $577 - $10,391
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$26,469 - $78,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 311

Job Description for Fire Fighter

Firefighters work for municipalities, counties, airports, and other government and private organizations, and their primary responsibility is to protect the communities they serve from various disaster situations. They extinguish fires from burning buildings, houses, forests, cars, etc. and also serve as first responders in other emergency situations, primarily medical emergencies and rescuing pets or wounded animals.

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Fire Fighter 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.

Common Career Paths for Fire Fighter


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At the upper end, Fire Fighters who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. It is quite typical for Fire Fighters to transition into roles as Fire Lieutenants or First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workerss, where reported median earnings are $9K and $14K higher per year.

Fire Fighter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Fighter


Fire Fighters flock to Cal Fire, Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Fire Fighter, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Houston Fire Department, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Fire Fighters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where the median salary comes to $94K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($49K) and those starting out ($113K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

Pay by Experience for a Fire Fighter has a positive trend. An entry-level Fire Fighter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 668 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fire Fighter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 374 salaries. An experienced Fire Fighter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 349 salaries. A Fire Fighter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 136 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,431

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

The three biggest American cities also offer the biggest paychecks — professionals in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago earn more on average than Fire Fighters in the rest of the country. The lowest-paying market is Columbia, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Tampa (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Fire Fighter Reviews

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

Fire Fighter in State College:
"I like my job actualy."
Pros: I enjoy my job and I am free.
Cons: I like to fight fire and be more than skillful.

Fire Fighter in East Haddam:
Pros: I get to help people when things are going very bad for them.
Cons: The pay and the politics.

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Key Stats for Fire Fighter

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

▲38%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$44,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 10%