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What Do Firefighter Do?

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

  • Fire Engine Pump Operator
  • Fire Equipment Operator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Smoke Jumper
  • Municipal Firefighter

Job Demand for Firefighters

There were about 327,300 jobs for Firefighter in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 23,600 new jobs for Firefighter 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 Firefighter are Utah, Texas, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Maryland, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Firefighter

The typical yearly salary for Firefighters is somewhere between $25,170 and $88,920.

Salary Ranges for Firefighters

Firefighters who work in New York, New Jersey, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Firefighters in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,740
Alaska $51,110
Arizona $45,150
Arkansas $37,800
California $81,580
Colorado $61,160
Connecticut $63,630
Delaware $48,800
Florida $53,340
Georgia $38,060
Hawaii $62,670
Idaho $40,490
Illinois $56,710
Indiana $49,460
Iowa $43,970
Kansas $37,930
Kentucky $33,520
Louisiana $30,600
Maine $36,750
Maryland $61,780
Massachusetts $60,080
Michigan $45,440
Minnesota $37,690
Mississippi $30,370
Missouri $51,100
Montana $49,230
Nebraska $47,880
Nevada $66,830
New Hampshire $48,640
New Jersey $76,530
New Mexico $36,590
New York $73,710
North Carolina $35,500
North Dakota $42,980
Ohio $46,310
Oklahoma $43,450
Oregon $66,330
Pennsylvania $56,090
Rhode Island $55,240
South Carolina $36,300
South Dakota $44,710
Tennessee $40,280
Texas $52,520
Utah $37,960
Vermont $37,070
Virginia $51,510
Washington $73,850
West Virginia $36,820
Wisconsin $40,310
Wyoming $43,810

Where do Firefighters Work?

Firefighter Sectors

The table below shows the approximate number of Firefighters employed by various industries.

Firefighter Industries

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