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  • $42,699
  • 327,300
  • 3.8
  • 7.2%
  • Criminal Justice
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How much does a Firefighter make in the United States?

Average Firefighter Yearly Salary in the United States

Firefighters earn an average yearly salary of $42,699. Salaries typically start from $15,481 and go up to $74,254.

Average Firefighter Hourly Wage in the United States

Firefighters earn an average hourly wage of $20.53. Hourly wages typically start from $7.44 and go up to $35.70.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

56%
Full-Time
44%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Firefighter demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
640
RATINGS
Firefighters average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Firefighters in the 72th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Firefighter satisfaction

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Firefighter Earnings by Seniority

Top End Firefighter Earnings

The highest earning Firefighters in the United States earn:

$35.70
an hour
$74,253.9
per year
Senior Firefighter Earnings

Senior Firefighters in the United States earn:

$25.38
an hour
$52,792.6
per year
Experienced Firefighter Earnings

Experienced Firefighters in the United States earn:

$17.42
an hour
$36,240.9
per year
Junior Firefighter Earnings

Junior Firefighters in the United States earn:

$12.18
an hour
$25,343.6
per year
Starting Firefighter Earnings

Starting Firefighters in the United States earn:

$7.44
an hour
$15,480.9
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Firefighter Salary Comparison

Firefighters earn more than 70% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary $43k
DJ Salary $43k
Funeral Director Salary $43k
Firefighter Salary $42k
Precious Metal Worker Salary $42k
Executive Assistant Salary $42k
Insurance Sales Agent Salary $41k
Meter Reader Salary $40k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Firefighter salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Firefighter Salary in Texas $23.26 $48,387.1 # 1
Firefighter Salary in California $21.04 $43,760 # 2
Firefighter Salary in United States $20.53 $42,699.2 # 3
Firefighter Salary in Florida $16.87 $35,085.9 # 4

Career Attributes

  • $42,699
  • 327,300
  • 3.8
  • 7.2%
  • Criminal Justice
More Attributes