Firefighter Salary in the US

$48,532
per year
per hour
$23.33
per hour
per year

Firefighter - Average Salary & Hourly Pay

The average salary for a Firefighter is $48,532 per year ($23.33 per hour), which is $4,958 (-9%) lower than the average salary in the US.
A Firefighter can expect an average starting salary of $26,921. The highest salaries can exceed $84,137 (with overtime and hazard pay).
$26,921
Low
$48,532
Average salary
$84,137
High
$12.94
Low
$23.33
Average salary
$40.45
High

Firefighter Salary Range

Low
$26,921
Average salary
$48,532
Experienced
$73,410
High
$84,137
Low
$12.94
Average salary
$23.33
Experienced
$35.29
High
$40.45
Among Firefighters in the US, Wildland / Forest Firefighters tend to have the lowest salaries, while Firefighter/Paramedics, Hotshot Crew members, Fire Captains and Fire Chiefs enjoy the highest salaries.

Firefighter - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Chief Firefighter$79K/year
+63% 
Aerial Firefighter$72K/year
+49% 
Firefighter Captain$68K/year
+41% 
Hotshot Firefighter$64K/year
+31% 
Firefighter Paramedic$56K/year
+15% 
Firefighter Lieutenant$51K/year
+6% 
Wildland Firefighter$47K/year
 -3%

Firefighter - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Firefighter with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $35,000 per year. A mid career Fireman with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $44,000, while an experienced Firefighter with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $73,000. Firefighters with more than 20 years of experience earn $75,000 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Firefighter

Late Career▲ +55%
Experienced▲ +50%
Average Salary$48,532/year
Mid Career▼ -9%
Entry Level▼ -28%

Gender Breakdown

Female
5%
Male
95%

Firefighter - Jobs by Location

Firefighter - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Firefighter jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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