How Much do Firefighters Make?

Do firefighters make a lot of money? What is the average pay for firefighters?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firefighters in the United States earn an average of $54,650 a year, equivalent to $26.27 an hour. Firefighters make 2% more than the average American worker.

Firefighters in California are the best paid, making $84,370 a year, while firefighters in Mississippi make the least at $30,180.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Firefighter Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $44.24 $92,020
75th $33.19 $69,040
50th $24.45 $50,850
25th $16.57 $34,470
10th $12.29 $25,550
Firefighter Wages by State

In what states do firefighters make the most? In what states do firefighters make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $20.13 $41,870
Alaska $26.14 $54,380
Arizona $22.53 $46,870
Arkansas $17.66 $36,730
California $40.56 $84,370
Colorado $30.31 $63,050
Connecticut $31.59 $65,700
Delaware $22.30 $46,390
Florida $24.66 $51,300
Georgia $18.70 $38,900
Hawaii $30.82 $64,110
Idaho $18.88 $39,260
Illinois $27.97 $58,170
Indiana $24.55 $51,050
Iowa $22.42 $46,640
Kansas $17.91 $37,250
Kentucky $16.36 $34,030
Louisiana $14.98 $31,150
Maine $18.96 $39,430
Maryland $30.17 $62,750
Massachusetts $30.14 $62,680
Michigan $22.12 $46,010
Minnesota $18.94 $39,390
Mississippi $14.51 $30,180
Missouri $24.57 $51,110
Montana $24.94 $51,880
Nebraska $24.11 $50,150
Nevada $33.32 $69,310
New Hampshire $22.65 $47,120
New Jersey $38.89 $80,890
New Mexico $17.61 $36,620
New York $36.13 $75,160
North Carolina $16.40 $34,110
North Dakota $22.15 $46,080
Ohio $22.99 $47,820
Oklahoma $21.57 $44,860
Oregon $32.95 $68,540
Pennsylvania $28.23 $58,720
Rhode Island $27.00 $56,150
South Carolina $17.48 $36,360
South Dakota $22.03 $45,820
Tennessee $21.34 $44,400
Texas $26.33 $54,760
Utah $18.44 $38,360
Vermont $19.22 $39,970
Virginia $25.71 $53,470
Washington $37.01 $76,970
West Virginia $17.74 $36,890
Wisconsin $19.40 $40,360
Wyoming $22.20 $46,180
Metro Areas Where Firefighters Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Jose, CA $53.63 $111,550
Vallejo, CA $49.93 $103,850
San Francisco, CA $47.44 $98,680
Los Angeles, CA $46.85 $97,450
Oxnard, CA $45.51 $94,670
Portland, OR $40.80 $84,850
Seattle, WA $40.68 $84,610
Santa Barbara, CA $39.21 $81,560
New York, NY $39.17 $81,470
Sacramento, CA $38.69 $80,470
Firefighter Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $26.27 $54,650
2018 $25.60 $53,240
2017 $24.97 $51,930
2016 $24.29 $50,520
2015 $23.72 $49,330
2014 $23.44 $48,750
2013 $23.21 $48,270
2012 $23.00 $47,850
2011 $22.94 $47,720