Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
308,790 0.8 % $23.44 $48,750 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.64 $15.07 $22.10 $29.78 $39.16
Annual Wage (2) $22,130 $31,340 $45,970 $61,950 $81,450


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) 281,200 5.29 $23.77 $49,440
Other Support Services 10,990 3.72 $14.48 $30,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,460 0.38 $23.66 $49,220
State Government (OES Designation) 5,950 0.27 $23.84 $49,580
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $28.50 $59,290

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) 281,200 5.29 $23.77 $49,440
Other Support Services 10,990 3.72 $14.48 $30,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,460 0.38 $23.66 $49,220
State Government (OES Designation) 5,950 0.27 $23.84 $49,580
Support Activities for Air Transportation 110 0.07 $18.23 $37,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $34.94 $72,670
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $28.50 $59,290
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 90 0.03 $27.82 $57,870
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $27.42 $57,030
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.03 $26.37 $54,850


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 30,440 2.01 0.88 $34.44 $71,630
Texas 26,470 2.36 1.03 $22.36 $46,510
Florida 23,650 3.09 1.35 $25.02 $52,040
Illinois 18,420 3.19 1.40 $23.70 $49,300
Ohio 17,780 3.42 1.50 $20.56 $42,760



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 2,200 3.75 1.64 $16.35 $34,000
Alaska 1,180 3.64 1.59 $22.42 $46,630
Massachusetts 11,890 3.58 1.57 $26.50 $55,110
Rhode Island 1,650 3.55 1.55 $24.16 $50,240
Ohio 17,780 3.42 1.50 $20.56 $42,760



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 5,060 1.31 0.57 $37.28 $77,550
New York 12,140 1.38 0.60 $35.19 $73,200
California 30,440 2.01 0.88 $34.44 $71,630
Washington 7,480 2.58 1.13 $31.23 $64,950
Connecticut 3,200 1.94 0.85 $28.03 $58,300




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 11,130 2.97 1.30 $27.04 $56,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,060 1.68 0.74 $39.62 $82,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,100 1.75 0.77 $40.73 $84,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,760 2.57 1.13 $24.45 $50,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,690 2.00 0.88 $23.04 $47,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,630 2.36 1.03 $17.14 $35,640
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,790 2.67 1.17 $29.56 $61,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,220 1.78 0.78 $26.59 $55,310
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,670 2.81 1.23 $25.72 $53,490
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 3,660 3.62 1.58 $19.52 $40,600