Salary for 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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community 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 usually gets a pay level of somewhere between $26,940 and $93,790 based on the level of experience. can get an average pay level of fifty-six thousand three hundred and sixty dollars yearly.

can receive the highest pay in New Jersey, where they can earn an average job salary of near $86,880. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn an average pay rate of $60,810.

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The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Firefighter, please select your state.
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Firefighters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing
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