If you’re a firefighter, or if you know one, then you know that your job is highly stressful. But it can also be very rewarding. We’re talking about both of those aspects of the job when we say that firefighters make a good living. How much does a firefighter make? What are the most common jobs for firefighters? And what are some of the best cities to live in if you want to be a firefighter? We will find the answers in this post.
1. How Much Does A Firefighter Make?
A firefighter makes an average salary of $46,080 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, some firefighters make more salary than that and some less. The BLS also says that the median income for all firefighters is $35,710 per year. That’s still a decent paycheck.
Some firefighters work for municipalities and some work for the federal government. In addition to these two jobs, you can also be a firefighter if you work for a state or private company that has its own fire department.
2. What Are The Most Common Jobs For Firefighters?
2.1. Firefighter/paramedic (or Firefighter/EMT)
The most common job for firefighters is firefighter/paramedic, according to the BLS. There are more than 100,000 firefighters/paramedics in the United States. They are responsible for putting out fires and treating people who get hurt during fires and other emergencies. They also help people who are sick or injured at fires and other emergencies. These people are trained to put out fires and use special equipment that helps them do their jobs better.
The average salary of firefighter/paramedic is $34,760 per year, according to the BLS.
2.2. Fire prevention officers (FPOs)
Other common jobs for firefighters include fire prevention officers (FPOs) and firefighters/engineers (FEs). FPOs are responsible for keeping fires from happening in the first place by making sure that there are no places where people can start fires or make things explode. They do this by inspecting buildings for potential fire hazards and repairing any problems they find before they cause a fire or explosion to happen. The average salary of an FPO is $29,590 per year according to the BLS
Next is firefighter, which is a job that has many different variations depending on what type of city you work in. A firefighter may be a member of a fire department that has multiple stations where they respond to calls when they are needed. In addition to these types of firefighters, there are also firefighters who work for private companies that have their own fire departments, such as oil rigs and casinos. Finally, there are some firefighters who work as volunteers on their own time while others work for municipalities that don’t have their own fire departments but still need help responding to emergencies during times when they aren’t staffed by regular employees. This last group is called paid volunteer firefighters (PVF).
There are many cities in the United States that have their own fire departments. Some of these cities include:
Albany, New York City (NYC), Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, California, San Diego, Massachusetts, Dallas, Miami, Orange County, etc.
The average salary of a firefighter in these cities is $43,030 per year according to the BLS.
2.4. Firefighters/engineers (FEs)
A firefighter/engineer is also known as a fire inspector or a fire investigator. They look for places where there are potential problems that can cause fires and explosions and then make sure that those problems are fixed before they can start fires or cause explosions. The average salary of an FE is $34,880 per year according to the BLS.
2.5. Volunteer firefighter
Finally, there are some people who volunteer to be firefighters and help with emergencies. They don’t usually get paid for their work and do it on their own time. Some volunteers do this because they want to help people in need during an emergency and others just want to help out by giving back to the community.
3. What are the best cities to live in if you want to be a firefighter?
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Miami, Philadelphia, Massachusetts and other major cities. All of these cities have high pay rates for firefighters compared to the average rate for all jobs in the U.S., and many of them offer great benefits and perks that help attract people who want to work as firefighters.