Average Entry-Level Fire Fighter Salary

$40,791
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,955
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Fire Fighter is $40,791.
10%
$26k
10%
$41k
50%
$58k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $40,791
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Salary
$26k - $58k
Bonus
$99 - $10k
Total Pay
$23k - $55k

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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.

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

Fire Fighter Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Fire Fighter

An early career Fire Fighter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) 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.

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,202 survey responses.
Early Career
39.4%
Mid Career
25.5%
Experienced
25.1%
Late Career
10.0%