Salary for Firefighters

Also known as:  Fire Engine Pump Operator, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Forest Firefighter, Marine Firefighter, Municipal Firefighter, Smoke Jumper, Wildland Firefighter helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

Firefighters are employed as first responders to public emergencies that may or may not include the need to control and extinguish a fire. Firefighters work within their city of employment as well as within assigned fire stations. They are charged with the responsibility of civil protection related to fire emergencies, as well as fire control and prevention. They partake in a large number of training courses related to new prevention strategies as well as general firefighting techniques. A high school diploma is required for employment, and in many cases, an undergraduate degree as well. In addition, these professionals are often required to successfully pass a set of physical and written examinations.

A Firefighter can expect an average pay level that can range from 24000 to 36000 based on education and experience. Firefighters will most likely earn a wage of Thirty Four Thousand Two Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Firefighters can expect the highest salaries in New Jersey, where they receive an average salary rate of approximating $71810. People working these jobs can obtain the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can receive salary pay of $59130.

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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.


Firefighters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
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
Transportation and Warehousing