|Salary||$29,909 - $79,389|
|Bonus||$103 - $8,371|
|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).)
|$26,728 - $76,824|
|Hourly Rate||$10.15 - $26.13|
|Overtime||$15.05 - $49.44|
|Bonus||$103 - $8,371|
|Total Pay (||$26,728 - $76,824|
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.Read More...
A high school diploma or GED is a minimum requirement for this position, while some employers require an associate's degree or higher. Firefighters must be in excellent physical condition and pass background checks, drug screenings, and medical and fitness examinations, such as relevant provisions of the National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet, for the position. They should also have computer skills and be able to use relevant program applications.
Firefighters must have valid drivers' licenses and clean driving records. Before being hired, they must pass a variety of tests and should then become involved in various community programs, such as fire prevention and inspection activities. Firefighters often attend community fairs to show children and adults their fire trucks and answer their questions.
Firefighters must be flexible with their time, as fire departments must be available 24/7, and the ability to work well in a team environment is essential to succeed in the position and keep everyone safe. They must be able to work in stressful and dangerous situations, and interpersonal and communication skills are also important to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Some may occasionally travel to help fire departments in other counties or states. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
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.
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.
Common Career Paths for Fire Fighter
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.
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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
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).
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