Average Mid-Career Fire Fighter Salary

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The average salary for a Mid-Career Fire Fighter is $48,315.
MEDIAN $48,315
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$33k - $78k
$412 - $19k
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$29k - $76k

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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

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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. An early career Fire Fighter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,493 based on 728 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.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Fire Fighter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 49.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Orlando, Florida (22.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (22.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (20.8% less).

Years of Experience

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