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Firefighters Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for firefighters in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of firefighters among Washington metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Firefighters in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,100
25th Percentile Wage
$54,200
50th Percentile Wage
$73,380
75th Percentile Wage
$88,460
90th Percentile Wage
$102,220

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for firefighters in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $102,220. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $73,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,100.

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
$73,380
1.20% 8.23%
2016
$72,500
1.60% -
2015
$71,340
3.00% -
2014
$69,200
0.09% -
2013
$69,140
2.60% -
2012
$67,340
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Firefighters in Washington Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of firefighters in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of firefighters in state of Washington ranges from $31,310 to $81,070. The highest paying area for firefighters in Washington is Tacoma with a median annual salary of $81,070. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $79,970). The lowest paying area is Central Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $31,310.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Tacoma
$81,070
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$79,970
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$79,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$79,050
Longview
$71,730
Bremerton-Silverdale
$70,490
Bellingham
$68,750
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$67,830
Olympia
$66,970
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$66,340
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$60,000
Spokane
$58,490
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$43,130
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$38,880
Yakima
$37,870
Lewiston
$35,570
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$31,440
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$31,310




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