Salary for Fire Investigators

Also known as:  Arson Investigator, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, CFEI, Fire Hazard Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Safety Inspector

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Fire investigators are charged with the responsibility of examining and evaluating fire and explosion sites to determine the cause of the incident. They diligently collect, photograph and examine evidence such as glass, wood, residue and unusual burn patterns to determine where and how a fire or explosion originated. These professionals are focused and detail-oriented individuals who analyze a large amount of information and simultaneously carry out interviews with key witnesses. Fire investigators regularly cooperate with other safety and law enforcement departments to successfully reach conclusions. They must have an extensive working knowledge of state law and public safety requirements in order to evaluate scenes properly. An associate's degree or related vocational school training degree is required for employment in this professional post.

A Fire Investigator gets a pay level on a scale from 48000 - 72000 based on levels of tenure. Fire Investigators will most likely earn an average pay level of Sixty Thousand One Hundred dollars annually.

Fire Investigators can obtain the highest pay in California, where they can receive a compensation of near $83990. People in this job function make the greatest compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has an average salary rate of $75890.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.45 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Fire Investigators tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance $75,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,770
Manufacturing $64,100
Public Administration $55,920
Educational Services $52,590
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $49,760
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Wholesale Trade $43,930
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $49,760
Educational Services $52,590
Public Administration $55,920
Manufacturing $64,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,770
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