$47,093
Avg. Salary
$15.17
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,970

Bonus

$4,908

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Fire Fighter is $15.17 per hour.

The average pay for a Fire Fighter is $47,093 per year.

10%
$10.23
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$15.17
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$26.08
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MEDIAN $15.17
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$30k
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$47k
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$81k
90%
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MEDIAN $47,092
$30,445 - $81,308
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$81K
MEDIAN: $47,092
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$10.23 - $26.08
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$0$81K
Salary $30,445 - $81,308
Bonus $300 - $9,944
Profit Sharing $4,908
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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$26,981 - $78,839
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,576
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $10.23 - $26.08
Hourly Tips $0.53
Overtime $15.10 - $49.94
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $300 - $9,944
Profit Sharing $4,908
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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$26,981 - $78,839
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 539

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.

Fire Fighter Pay By Employer

$0$94K

Fire Fighter
8 profiles
$56,000

Cal Fire
8 profiles
$46,995

$30,000

$47,349

$75,000

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

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

73%

46%

27%

-15%

National Average: $44,572

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 Monona:
"Looking For FireFighter To Help."
Pros: I love helping my fellow people that are in need of assistance. Putting out fires is in my blood.
Cons: Being real sweaty all the time, but thats whats going to happen being a FireFIghter.

Fire Fighter in Portland:
"Jack of All Trades."
Become a jack of all trades when becoming a wildland firefighter. Become proficient in all aspects of the trade, firefighting, supply/logistics, water tender operations, mobile pumps & porta tanks, mobile attack, extended attack, initial attack, aviation.

Fire Fighter in Wilmington:
Pros: Small community, amenities, fitness environment, beach, light traffic most times of the year.
Cons: Traffic during beach season/college orientation and graduation, poor drainage so results in flooding of usual spots, few opportunities for jobs outside of medicine, pharmaceuticals, construction, realty, and service jobs.

Fire Fighter in Houma:
"Poverty First."
You Realize how poverty feels when you have a professional job such as a firefighter. Most fire departments have a schedule where you work so many hour then your off so many hours. Well you need that amount of off time to stay mentally and physically happy. You don't need that time off to work another partime job. We work to much just to live in poverty. Just realize that and do the best you can to help those who need you...

Fire Fighter in Delray Beach:
"Do not work for the City of Delray Beach."
The City of Delray Beach views its employees as a burden rather than the assets that they are. The City of Delray Beach is an abusive and dishonest employer who will lure applicants in with the promise of competitive salaries and benefits and then fail to deliver. They have frozen wages, cut benefits and taken away holidays for the last 6 years. Some coworkers have not had a raise in 9 years. 9 years. Now, they are dangling the possibility of a raise but only if the can gut the pension. They are truly a disgusting group to work for. Do not waste your time with them.

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
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Fire Fighter Salaries

▲37%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$45,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 11%