Salary for Fire Investigators

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This occupation has now been updated to Fire Inspectors and 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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 usually gets a pay level of somewhere between $39,860 and $100,780 based on tenure level. will normally get average salaries of sixty-seven thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars yearly.

can obtain the highest salaries in California, where they can earn an average pay rate of close to about $109,850. People in this job function are paid most highly in Manufacturing, which has job pay of $78,980.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 34.54 percent nationwide in that time.


Fire Investigators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Finance and Insurance
Public Administration
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Public Administration