Salary for Forest Firefighters

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Also known as: Fire Engine Pump Operator, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Forest Firefighter, Marine Firefighter, Municipal Firefighter, Smoke Jumper, Wildland Firefighter
Forest firefighters are charged with controlling and extinguishing fires that occur in forested areas as well as land that belongs to the general public. Forest firefighters work closely with city firefighters and volunteers to successful ly implement and carry out techniques to control and extinguish dangerous fires. They must be in superior physical shape to maintain control over heavy firefighting equipment, and must have a thorough working knowledge of safety equipment and laws. Forest firefighters hold public safety as a top priority and maintain a great deal of control precision in both planning and carrying out firefighting techniques. A high school diploma is required and in many cases, a bachelor's degree is preferred.

A Forest Firefighter can get an average compensation of somewhere between 24000 - 36000 based on levels of tenure. Forest Firefighters will normally get an average wage of Thirty Four Thousand Two Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Forest Firefighters can receive the highest pay in New Jersey, where they can earn an average job salary of approximately $71810. Employees with these jobs can get the best compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can receive normal pay levels of $59130.

The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Forest Firefighter, please select your state.

ANNUAL SALARY

HOURLY RATE

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone down since 2004. Salaries have decreased by an average of 13.87 percent nationwide in that time.
Forest Firefighters tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services
$59,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,630
Public Administration
$48,270
Manufacturing
$47,930
Transportation and Warehousing
$43,620
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,610
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$31,910
Construction
$35,590
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,880
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,610
Transportation and Warehousing
$43,620
Manufacturing
$47,930

SALARY COMPARISON BY STATE

HIGHEST PAYING

Forest Firefighters have the highest average income in the following states
New Jersey
$71,810
California
$66,950
Washington
$62,950
New York
$59,400
Nevada
$56,250
Connecticut
$54,940
Wyoming
$53,440

LOWEST PAYING

The following states have the lowest average wages for this career
Puerto Rico
$24,470
Mississippi
$31,160
West Virginia
$31,400
Louisiana
$31,610
South Carolina
$32,050
North Carolina
$32,150
Maine
$32,970

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