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2021 Firefighters Salary Guide

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Firefighters Salary 2021

Salary

$52.5K

Growth

6%

Bright Outlook

Bright

Green

No

How Much Do Firefighters Make 2021?

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Annual Wage $26,940 $35,850 $52,500 $70,870 $93,790
Hourly Wage $12.95 $17.24 $25.24 $34.07 $45.09

How Much Do Firefighters Make 2021?

Percentile
10%
25%
50% (Median)
75%
90%
Annual Wage
$26,940
$35,850
$52,500
$70,870
$93,790
Hourly Wage
$12.95
$17.24
$25.24
$34.07
$45.09

What Do Firefighters Do?

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Also known as:

Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Wildland Firefighter

  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Assess characteristics of fires.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
  • Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain fitness.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.

Firefighters Job Outlook

Location 2019 Employment 2029 Employment Percent change Annual projected job openings
United States 335,500 355,800 6% 24,200

Firefighters Job Outlook

Location
2019 Employment
2029 Employment
Percent change
Annual projected job openings
United States
335,500
355,800
6%
24,200

Firefighters Schooling & Experience

  • Postsecondary certificate
  • No work experience
  • More than 1 year on-the-job training

Firefighters Schools

School Program Name Location Length / Graduates
Aims Community College Fire Science/Fire-fighting Greeley, CO 2 years: 8
Less than one year: 61
Aims Community College Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation Greeley, CO 2 years: 0
Less than one year: 0
Alamance Community College Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Graham, NC 2 years: 3
At least one but less than two years: 0
Less than one year: 2
Albany Technical College Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Albany, GA Less than one year: 4
Albany Technical College Fire Science/Fire-fighting Albany, GA 2 years: 0
At least one but less than two years: 10
Less than one year: 22
Allan Hancock College Fire Science/Fire-fighting Santa Maria, CA Less than one year: 53
Allan Hancock College Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation Santa Maria, CA At least one but less than two years: 0
Allan Hancock College Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Santa Maria, CA 2 years: 27
At least one but less than two years: 24
Amarillo College Fire Science/Fire-fighting Amarillo, TX 2 years: 1
At least one but less than two years: 88
Less than one year: 0
American Public University System Fire Science/Fire-fighting Charles Town, WV 2 years: 36
4 years: 46

Firefighters Schools

School
Program Name
Location
Length / Graduates
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Greeley, CO
2 years: 8
Less than one year: 61
Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation
Greeley, CO
2 years: 0
Less than one year: 0
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Graham, NC
2 years: 3
At least one but less than two years: 0
Less than one year: 2
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Albany, GA
Less than one year: 4
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Albany, GA
2 years: 0
At least one but less than two years: 10
Less than one year: 22
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Santa Maria, CA
Less than one year: 53
Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation
Santa Maria, CA
At least one but less than two years: 0
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Santa Maria, CA
2 years: 27
At least one but less than two years: 24
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Amarillo, TX
2 years: 1
At least one but less than two years: 88
Less than one year: 0
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Charles Town, WV
2 years: 36
4 years: 46

Firefighters Jobs .

Job Title Company Location Date Posted Federal Contractor
Armed Shift Supervisor G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. Washington 09/19/2021 No
As-needed Burn Crew Manager - 50323 The Nature Conservancy Lansing, Michigan 09/19/2021 No
Assistant Engineer Harley Marine Services Bayonne, New Jersey 09/19/2021 No
Chief Mate, ATB Harley Marine Services Bayonne, New Jersey 09/19/2021 No
Community Association Manager Castle Management, LLC Ponte Vedra, Florida 09/18/2021 No
ECH Field Engineering Manager Motorola Soutions Minneapolis, Minnesota 09/19/2021 No
EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPATCHER Pacific Air Forces Andersen Air Base, Guam 09/18/2021 No
FIRE PROTECTION INSPECTOR Air Education and Training Command Goodfellow AFB, Texas 09/19/2021 No
FIREFIGHTER (BASIC LIFE SUPPORT) U.S. Marine Corps Parris Island, South Carolina 09/19/2021 No
Forestry Technician (Wildland Fire Operations Technician) Bureau of Land Management 09/19/2021 No

Firefighters Jobs .

Job Title
Company
Location
Date Posted
Federal Contractor
G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc.
Washington
09/19/2021
No
The Nature Conservancy
Lansing, Michigan
09/19/2021
No
Harley Marine Services
Bayonne, New Jersey
09/19/2021
No
Harley Marine Services
Bayonne, New Jersey
09/19/2021
No
Castle Management, LLC
Ponte Vedra, Florida
09/18/2021
No
Motorola Soutions
Minneapolis, Minnesota
09/19/2021
No
Pacific Air Forces
Andersen Air Base, Guam
09/18/2021
No
Air Education and Training Command
Goodfellow AFB, Texas
09/19/2021
No
U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, South Carolina
09/19/2021
No
Bureau of Land Management
09/19/2021
No

Firefighters Salary Guide 2021

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