How Much do Firefighters Make in North Carolina?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firefighters in North Carolina earn an average of $34,110 a year, equivalent to $16.40 an hour.

This is 38% less than firefighters nationwide and 30% less than the typical North Carolina worker.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
North Carolina Firefighter Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $24.66 $51,300
75th $19.58 $40,720
50th $15.08 $31,360
25th $12.17 $25,300
10th $10.18 $21,170
North Carolina Firefighters Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Asheville $15.13 $31,470
Burlington $15.63 $32,500
Charlotte $16.59 $34,500
Durham $16.39 $34,090
Fayetteville $14.81 $30,810
Goldsboro $16.52 $34,370
Greensboro $19.09 $39,720
Greenville $16.65 $34,640
Hickory $13.40 $27,870
Jacksonville $18.59 $38,670
Raleigh $21.49 $44,700
Rocky Mount $17.31 $36,010
Wilmington $15.09 $31,400
Winston-Salem $14.51 $30,180
North Carolina Firefighter Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $16.40 $34,110
2018 $17.07 $35,500
2017 $17.36 $36,110
2016 $16.51 $34,330
2015 $16.00 $33,270
2014 $15.47 $32,170
2013 $15.73 $32,720
2012 $15.26 $31,730
2011 $15.17 $31,540