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Average Entry-Level Fire Fighter Salary

$40,972
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,966
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Fire Fighter is $40,972.
10%
$27k
MEDIAN
$41k
90%
$58k
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What Do Fire Fighters Do?

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.

Career Paths

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Fire Fighter
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighters?

An early career Fire Fighter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,698 based on 550 salaries. A mid-career Fire Fighter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $47,893 based on 317 salaries. An experienced Fire Fighter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,478 based on 408 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $70,631.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,491 survey responses.
Early Career
36.9%
Mid Career
21.3%
Experienced
27.4%
Late Career
14.5%