Firefighter Salary

Quick look: Firefighters at a Glimpse annual Median pay

  • A fireman control and respond to fire and other emergencies
  • Firefighter Hourly Median Pay: $23.85 per hour
  • Firefighter Annual Median Pay: $49,620 per hour
  • Tasks: Respond to emergency calls for all types of fires, accidents, chemical spills, and flooding. They also drive fire and other emergency vehicles, use fire equipments to control and extinguish fires, provide emergency medical care, provide ambulance transportation, rescue airport, fire, and other emergency victims, prepare incident reports, inspect and maintain equipments, use safety measures,  and perform investigations.

Firefighters: An Introduction

Firefighters are fire professionals who are extensively trained to control and extinguish fires and respond to other emergencies. They protect lives, properties, and environments, rescue fire, and accident victims provide emergency medical care and ambulance transportation.

They wear Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) when they respond to fire and emergency calls. The PPE includes fire helmets, respirators, gas masks, gloves, boots, Turnout Pants and Jacket, and Personal Alert Safety System for protection of firemen from fire. The PPE protects firefighters from fires, embers, and smokes, mechanical, electrical, and hazard materials dangers, collapsing floors, and falling objects.

How Much Does a Firefighter Make?

The salary of a firefighter depends on various factors, including education and qualification, experience, position, and location. The entry-level firefighters receive an average fireman salary, but fireman in higher-level position earns higher wages. Both entry-level and higher position firemen receive attractive benefits.

According to the ‘Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2018 report, the National estimates for firefighters include:

Annual and Hourly Mean wage of Firefighters – Hourly Mean wage $25.60, and Annual Mean Wage – $53,240.

Industry-wise Salary profile for this occupation

  • Scientific Research and Development Services:  Hourly Mean wage – $32.62, Annual Mean Wage – $67,850.
  • Remediation and Other Waste Management Services: Hourly mean wage – $ $32.57, Annual Mean Wage – $ 67,740.
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing – Hourly Mean wage – $30.15, Annual Mean Wage – $62,700
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing – Hourly Mean wage – $28.57, Annual Mean Wage – $59,420
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools – Hourly Mean wage – $27.87, Annual Mean Wage – $ $57,970
  • Local Government, other than schools and hospitals – Hourly Mean wage – $ $26.07, Annual Mean Wage – $ $54,230
  • State Government, other than schools and hospitals – Hourly Mean wage – $ $24.00, Annual Mean Wage – $ 49,910
  • Federal Executive branch – Hourly Mean wage – $25.38, Annual Mean Wage – $ $52,780
  • Spectator Sports – Hourly Mean wage $20.10, Annual Mean Wage – $ $41,80

Salary as per the Geographic Location (BLS)

The top-paying states for this occupation are as follows:

  • California: $ $39.22 hourly and $ $81,580 annually
  • New Jersey: $36.80 hourly and $76,530 per annum
  • Washington: $35.50 per hour and $73,850 yearly
  • New York: $35.44 hourly and $73,710 per year
  • Nevada: $32.13 per hour and $66,830 annually

Firefighters Salary according to the Experience as per (PayScale)

  • Average Entry level $40,594
  • Early Career:  $41,653
  • Mid-Career $48,814
  • Experienced  $56,107
  • Late-Career $68,818

Firefighters Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use fire equipments to control and extinguish fires.
  • Drive fire vehicles and other emergency vehicles.
  • Search and rescues victims from fire and other emergencies.
  • Give First-Aid to victims of injured fire and other accidents.
  • Write a report on fire and other emergency incidents.
  • Inspect, clean, maintain, and keep ready equipments.
  • Implement fire safety measures.
  • Give physical fitness training and conduct drills.

Essential Requirements

To become an entry-level firefighter, the aspirant should be 18-year old and must hold a High School diploma and a valid driver’s license. He should also be physically fit with sound hearing and vision, and free from a prior criminal conviction.  Enrolment in the Fire Science training program requires completing a written and a Physical Ability Test (CPAT) test. The training includes few months’ theoretical education and hands-on experience in fire department run Fire Academy. Holding an EMT or Paramedic certification is also essential for working as a firefighter. For entry-level to higher level positions, the firefighters must be certified with a Fire Science Certification, Associate degree, 4-years Bachelor’s degree, or Masters.

Future Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Modified Sept 4, 2019 report, Firefighters, who have completed the Post-secondary education and physically fit have better employment opportunities. The estimated employment of  firefighters was 332,400 in 2018, and their employment will grow by 5 percent between 2018 to 2018. The total demand for firefighters will be 350,000, and 17,600 more firefighters would be required to meet the demand.

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