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What Does it Take to Be a Firefighter?

Career Description 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.

Types of Firefighter Jobs

  • Municipal Firefighter
  • Fire Fighter
  • Marine Firefighter
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Fire Engine Pump Operator

Job Outlook for Firefighters

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 327,300 jobs in the United States for Firefighters.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 23,500 new jobs for Firefighters by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 24,300 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Firefighters in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Firefighters are Texas, Florida, and California.

Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Vermont, or Maryland. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Firefighter Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Firefighter ranges between $25,170 and $88,920. The median salary is $49,620.

Salary Ranges for Firefighters

How much do Firefighters make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

California

$81,580

New Jersey

$76,530

Washington

$73,850

New York

$73,710

Nevada

$66,830

Oregon

$66,330

Connecticut

$63,630

Hawaii

$62,670

Maryland

$61,780

Colorado

$61,160

Massachusetts

$60,080

Illinois

$56,710

Pennsylvania

$56,090

Rhode Island

$55,240

Florida

$53,340

Texas

$52,520

Virginia

$51,510

Alaska

$51,110

Missouri

$51,100

Indiana

$49,460

Montana

$49,230

Delaware

$48,800

New Hampshire

$48,640

Nebraska

$47,880

Ohio

$46,310

Michigan

$45,440

Arizona

$45,150

South Dakota

$44,710

Iowa

$43,970

Wyoming

$43,810

Oklahoma

$43,450

North Dakota

$42,980

Alabama

$41,740

Idaho

$40,490

Wisconsin

$40,310

Tennessee

$40,280

Georgia

$38,060

Utah

$37,960

Kansas

$37,930

Arkansas

$37,800

Minnesota

$37,690

Vermont

$37,070

West Virginia

$36,820

Maine

$36,750

New Mexico

$36,590

South Carolina

$36,300

North Carolina

$35,500

Kentucky

$33,520

Louisiana

$30,600

Mississippi

$30,370

Who Employs Firefighters?

Firefighter Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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