Average Fire Fighter Salary

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The average salary for a Fire Fighter is $47,258.
MEDIAN $47,258
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$31k - $81k
$300 - $10k
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$0 - $4k
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$27k - $78k

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Job Description for Fire Fighter

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.
The top respondents for the job title Fire Fighter are from the companies Fire Fighter, Houston Fire Department and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Reported salaries are highest at F.D.N.Y. where the average pay is $94,905. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Chicago Fire Department and Fire Department of New York (FDNY), earning around $85,814 and $75,000, respectively. U.S. Marine Corps pays the lowest at around $25,500. U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Houston Fire Department also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $28,966 and $47,349, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

An entry-level Fire Fighter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,791 based on 445 salaries. An early career Fire Fighter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,478 based on 868 salaries. A mid-career Fire Fighter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,267 based on 561 salaries. An experienced Fire Fighter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,305 based on 552 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $66,498.
Employees with Fire Fighter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 57.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (41.9% more) and Miami, Florida (7.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (16.5% less) and Dallas, Texas (1.0% less).

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