Career Attributes

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

Average Firefighter Yearly Salary in California

Firefighters earn an average yearly salary of $43,760. Salaries typically start from $11,440 and go up to $82,500.

Average Firefighter Hourly Wage in California

Firefighters earn an average hourly wage of $21.04. Hourly wages typically start from $5.50 and go up to $39.66.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

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

Learn more about the Firefighter job market for salaries of real jobs in your area. Alternatively, see what Firefighters earn in other states.

Employment Type Mix

56%
Full-Time
44%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Firefighter demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.2
SCORE
616
RATINGS
Firefighters average a score of 3.2 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Firefighters in the 71th 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 California earn:

$39.66
an hour
$82,500
per year
Senior Firefighter Earnings

Senior Firefighters in California earn:

$25.36
an hour
$52,750
per year
Experienced Firefighter Earnings

Experienced Firefighters in California earn:

$17.07
an hour
$35,500
per year
Junior Firefighter Earnings

Junior Firefighters in California earn:

$10.75
an hour
$22,360
per year
Starting Firefighter Earnings

Starting Firefighters in California earn:

$5.50
an hour
$11,440
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Firefighter Salary Comparison

Firefighters earn more than 82% percent of similar careers in California.

Police Officer Salary $59k
Real Estate Appraiser Salary $53k
Urban Planner Salary $51k
Underwriter Salary $50k
Executive Assistant Salary $48k
Firefighter Salary $43k
Librarian Salary $43k
Personal Trainer Salary $43k
Translator Salary $42k
Clergy Salary $41k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Career Attributes

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