Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

33-2011 Firefighters

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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
297,700 0.9 % $23.00 $47,850 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.59 $14.98 $21.75 $29.17 $38.05
Annual Wage (2) $22,030 $31,160 $45,250 $60,670 $79,150


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 270,910 4.95 $23.34 $48,550
Other Support Services 11,740 4.11 $15.06 $31,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,630 0.37 $23.06 $47,970
State Government (OES Designation) 4,150 0.19 $22.73 $47,280
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 720 0.27 $18.92 $39,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 270,910 4.95 $23.34 $48,550
Other Support Services 11,740 4.11 $15.06 $31,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,630 0.37 $23.06 $47,970
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 720 0.27 $18.92 $39,350
State Government (OES Designation) 4,150 0.19 $22.73 $47,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 140 0.01 $34.79 $72,360
Scientific Research and Development Services 230 0.04 $32.51 $67,630
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 50 0.05 $28.69 $59,670
Investigation and Security Services 60 0.01 $26.93 $56,010
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $25.74 $53,540


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 26,550 1.86 0.81 $34.87 $72,540
Texas 24,880 2.35 1.03 $22.50 $46,790
Florida 23,780 3.27 1.43 $24.61 $51,190
Ohio 18,410 3.64 1.59 $20.51 $42,660
Illinois 16,700 2.96 1.30 $22.87 $47,560




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 2,330 4.00 1.75 $15.02 $31,240
Ohio 18,410 3.64 1.59 $20.51 $42,660
Rhode Island 1,620 3.57 1.56 $22.24 $46,270
Massachusetts 11,320 3.54 1.55 $25.39 $52,810
Alaska 1,110 3.48 1.52 $23.18 $48,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 26,550 1.86 0.81 $34.87 $72,540
New Jersey 4,080 1.08 0.47 $34.55 $71,860
New York 13,710 1.61 0.70 $33.72 $70,150
Washington 7,100 2.57 1.12 $30.16 $62,730
Connecticut 3,040 1.88 0.82 $27.75 $57,730





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 10,270 2.82 1.23 $25.61 $53,270
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,540 1.85 0.81 $38.20 $79,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,150 1.85 0.81 $40.04 $83,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,570 2.65 1.16 $25.36 $52,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,320 2.35 1.03 $18.41 $38,290
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,000 1.89 0.83 $23.90 $49,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,780 2.79 1.22 $27.84 $57,910
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 4,530 4.55 1.99 $22.76 $47,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,130 1.76 0.77 $25.76 $53,580
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,010 2.32 1.01 $21.71 $45,160