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Firefighters Salary Information

The salary statistics of firefighters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of firefighters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The firefighters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Firefighters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,700
25th Percentile Wage
$32,670
50th Percentile Wage
$48,030
75th Percentile Wage
$64,870
90th Percentile Wage
$81,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for firefighters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) firefighters is $81,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,700. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 242% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of firefighters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201648,0302.42%5.79%
201546,8701.92%-
201445,9700.80%-
201345,6000.77%-
201245,250--

Table 2. Firefighters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of firefighters in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for firefighters occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $59,300. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $29,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$59,300
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$53,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$48,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,860
Health Care and Social Assistance
$43,470
Educational Services
$40,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,380
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,180

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Firefighters by States

From the above tables we note that not only firefighters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of firefighters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $25,980 to $85,780. The highest paying state for firefighters is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $85,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $25,980. For more salary information of firefighters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$85,780
Washington
$72,500
New York
$71,640
California
$69,860
Oregon
$65,890
Connecticut
$65,110
Massachusetts
$59,310
Alaska
$58,240
Rhode Island
$57,140
Maryland
$56,830
Pennsylvania
$56,790
Hawaii
$55,170
Illinois
$54,270
Nebraska
$53,960
Colorado
$52,390
Montana
$50,480
Texas
$50,150
Missouri
$49,860
Virginia
$49,070
Florida
$48,650
Indiana
$47,960
Arizona
$45,380
North Dakota
$45,120
New Hampshire
$44,830
Wyoming
$44,470
Ohio
$44,310
Delaware
$43,860
Michigan
$43,660
Iowa
$42,450
South Dakota
$41,020
Alabama
$40,770
Oklahoma
$40,220
Tennessee
$38,940
Vermont
$37,110
Idaho
$35,940
Kansas
$35,820
Georgia
$34,920
New Mexico
$34,110
Arkansas
$33,960
South Carolina
$33,670
Kentucky
$32,960
North Carolina
$32,180
Wisconsin
$31,700
Utah
$31,560
Louisiana
$30,550
Maine
$30,170
West Virginia
$30,030
Mississippi
$29,580
Minnesota
$29,350
Puerto Rico
$25,980


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