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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 amongst Washington 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,950
25th Percentile Wage
$51,310
50th Percentile Wage
$72,500
75th Percentile Wage
$88,470
90th Percentile Wage
$101,460

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 $101,460. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $72,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,950.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.95
25th Percentile Wage
$24.67
50th Percentile Wage
$34.86
75th Percentile Wage
$42.53
90th Percentile Wage
$48.78

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for firefighters in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.78. The median hourly salary is $34.86. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.95.

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
201672,5001.60%7.12%
201571,3403.00%-
201469,2000.09%-
201369,1402.60%-
201267,340--

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 $26,870 to $81,280. The highest paying area for firefighters in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $81,280. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $80,470). The lowest paying area is Yakima with a median annual salary of $26,870.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$81,280
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$80,470
Tacoma
$77,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$74,450
Bellingham
$72,180
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$71,050
Longview
$70,090
Spokane
$67,640
Olympia
$64,620
Mount Vernon-Anacortes
$61,520
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$60,670
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$60,100
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$31,570
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee
$31,250
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
$31,070
Yakima
$26,870


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