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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Firefighters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,490
25th Percentile Wage
$33,400
50th Percentile Wage
$49,080
75th Percentile Wage
$66,610
90th Percentile Wage
$83,570

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 $83,570. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,490. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 241% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of firefighters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$49,080
2.14% 7.80%
2016
$48,030
2.42% -
2015
$46,870
1.92% -
2014
$45,970
0.80% -
2013
$45,600
0.77% -
2012
$45,250
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Table 2. Firefighters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of firefighters in 10 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 $60,400. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $30,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$60,400
Transportation and Warehousing
$53,480
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,010
Utilities
$49,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,090
Educational Services
$45,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,020
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,010

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 $25,160 to $75,420. The highest paying state for firefighters is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $75,420. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $25,160. For more salary information of firefighters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$75,420
New York
$73,480
Washington
$73,380
California
$72,250
Oregon
$66,880
Nevada
$65,960
Connecticut
$65,360
Alaska
$60,790
Massachusetts
$59,770
Rhode Island
$58,450
Maryland
$57,060
Pennsylvania
$56,240
Hawaii
$55,170
Colorado
$54,680
Texas
$52,420
Illinois
$51,850
Nebraska
$51,370
Montana
$50,420
Florida
$50,170
Virginia
$50,160
Indiana
$49,470
Missouri
$47,790
New Hampshire
$46,820
Ohio
$46,360
Arizona
$45,840
Delaware
$44,250
Michigan
$44,210
North Dakota
$44,110
South Dakota
$43,870
Wyoming
$43,430
Oklahoma
$41,920
Iowa
$41,890
Alabama
$40,700
Vermont
$38,540
Tennessee
$38,460
Idaho
$37,130
Wisconsin
$36,580
Kansas
$36,250
Georgia
$36,190
Arkansas
$35,440
New Mexico
$35,140
North Carolina
$33,760
South Carolina
$33,610
West Virginia
$33,450
Utah
$32,420
Maine
$30,880
Kentucky
$30,310
Minnesota
$29,820
Louisiana
$28,980
Mississippi
$28,980
Puerto Rico
$25,160



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