How Much Does A Firefighter Make?

Firefighters are our modern day heroes. They don’t just put out fires, they also respond to emergency situations and save those who are placed at rather precarious situations. Although the pay is decent, some would argue that it isn’t enough compared to what firefighters have to go through to put fires out and the danger they put themselves in when they have to go into a burning building just to be able to save lives.

For those who are dedicated to a firefighting career, the dangers and mediocre pay don’t really matter. For them, the chance to help others supersedes everything else.

Firefighter Salary

Average Firefighter Annual Salary

$50,520

The average annual salary for firefighters is $50,520 a year. Salaries start at $23,700 a year and go up to $81,110 a year.

Average Firefighter Hourly Wage

$24.29

The average hourly wage for a firefighter is $24.29. Hourly wages were between $11.39 and $38.99 an hour.

Stats were based out of 315,910 employed firefighters in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Firefighter

$81,110/year $38.99/hour

(Top 10% of Firefighters)


Senior Firefighter

$64,870/year $31.19/hour

(Top 25% of Firefighters)


Mid Level Firefighter

$48,030/year $23.09/hour

(Median)


Junior Firefighter

$32,670/year $15.71/hour

(Bottom 25% of Firefighters)


Entry Level Firefighter

$23,700/year $11.39/hour

(Bottom 10% of Firefighters)


Firefighter Average Salary Comparison

Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$61k / year
$29 / hour
Firefighters
$50k / year
$24 / hour
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$44k / year
$21 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Firefighters

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Firefighters

Firefighter Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 New Jersey $39.30 $81,730
#2 California $34.52 $71,790
#3 Washington $33.14 $68,930
#4 New York $33.10 $68,850
#5 Oregon $30.06 $62,530
#6 Nevada $29.91 $62,220
#7 Connecticut $29.68 $61,730
#8 Massachusetts $28.68 $59,650
#9 Alaska $28.09 $58,420
#10 Maryland $27.93 $58,100
#11 Hawaii $27.15 $56,470
#12 Rhode Island $26.84 $55,820
#13 Illinois $26.66 $55,460
#14 Pennsylvania $26.57 $55,260
#15 Nebraska $25.29 $52,600
#16 Colorado $24.84 $51,660
#17 Texas $24.63 $51,230
#18 Missouri $24.49 $50,940
#19 Florida $24.41 $50,780
#20 Virginia $24.15 $50,240
#21 Montana $23.71 $49,310
#22 Indiana $22.42 $46,620
#23 Delaware $21.99 $45,730
#24 North Dakota $21.79 $45,330
#25 Arizona $21.74 $45,230
#26 Wyoming $21.68 $45,100
#27 Ohio $21.62 $44,970
#28 Michigan $21.44 $44,590
#29 New Hampshire $21.28 $44,260
#30 South Dakota $20.70 $43,060
#31 Oklahoma $20.43 $42,490
#32 Iowa $19.59 $40,740
#33 Alabama $19.45 $40,450
#34 Tennessee $19.02 $39,560
#35 Idaho $18.72 $38,940
#36 Wisconsin $17.94 $37,300
#37 Kansas $17.73 $36,890
#38 Vermont $17.72 $36,860
#39 Arkansas $17.11 $35,590
#40 Georgia $16.96 $35,280
#41 New Mexico $16.92 $35,200
#42 Minnesota $16.72 $34,770
#43 South Carolina $16.71 $34,760
#44 Utah $16.51 $34,340
#45 North Carolina $16.51 $34,330
#46 Kentucky $16.36 $34,030
#47 Louisiana $16.12 $33,530
#48 Maine $16.05 $33,380
#49 West Virginia $15.48 $32,200
#50 Mississippi $15.11 $31,430
#51 Puerto Rico $12.35 $25,690

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Firefighter

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