Average Early-Career Fire Fighter Salary

$41,493
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,977
Bonus
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The average salary for an Early-Career Fire Fighter is $41,493.
10%
$29k
10%
$41k
50%
$66k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $41,493
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Salary
$29k - $66k
Bonus
$194 - $10k
Total Pay
$25k - $63k

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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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Fire Fighter

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Fire Fighter. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Fire Fighter
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Captain
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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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 $40,665 based on 143 salaries. A mid-career Fire Fighter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,315 based on 420 salaries. An experienced Fire Fighter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,605 based on 515 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $67,187.
Employees with Fire Fighter in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 54.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (20.5% more) and New York, New York (16.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Jacksonville, Florida (15.6% less) and Charleston, South Carolina (6.6% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,320 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.8%
Mid Career
31.8%
Experienced
39.0%
Late Career
18.3%