Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
302,870 0.8 % $23.21 $48,270 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.56 $14.95 $21.92 $29.58 $38.67
Annual Wage (2) $21,960 $31,110 $45,600 $61,520 $80,430


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) 275,240 5.02 $23.53 $48,940
Other Support Services 11,290 3.89 $15.02 $31,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,530 0.38 $23.28 $48,420
State Government (OES Designation) 5,490 0.25 $24.07 $50,060
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 680 0.25 $15.45 $32,140

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) 275,240 5.02 $23.53 $48,940
Other Support Services 11,290 3.89 $15.02 $31,240
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,530 0.38 $23.28 $48,420
State Government (OES Designation) 5,490 0.25 $24.07 $50,060
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 680 0.25 $15.45 $32,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 360 0.06 $34.09 $70,900
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $28.21 $58,680
Investigation and Security Services 60 0.01 $27.18 $56,540
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $27.07 $56,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $25.35 $52,730


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 28,990 1.97 0.86 $34.44 $71,630
Texas 26,050 2.39 1.04 $22.52 $46,850
Florida 23,750 3.19 1.39 $24.81 $51,610
Ohio 17,580 3.43 1.50 $20.54 $42,730
Illinois 16,950 2.97 1.30 $22.35 $46,490




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 2,280 3.92 1.71 $15.46 $32,160
Massachusetts 12,070 3.70 1.62 $25.68 $53,420
Alaska 1,150 3.57 1.56 $23.34 $48,550
Rhode Island 1,620 3.54 1.55 $22.39 $46,570
Ohio 17,580 3.43 1.50 $20.54 $42,730




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 4,170 1.09 0.48 $36.12 $75,130
New York 13,040 1.51 0.66 $34.85 $72,480
California 28,990 1.97 0.86 $34.44 $71,630
Washington 7,770 2.75 1.20 $30.99 $64,450
Oregon 3,010 1.84 0.80 $27.53 $57,250





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 10,090 2.73 1.19 $25.00 $52,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,460 1.80 0.79 $39.07 $81,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,240 1.82 0.80 $40.78 $84,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,770 2.50 1.10 $17.95 $37,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,760 2.68 1.17 $25.25 $52,510
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,280 1.91 0.84 $23.55 $48,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,020 2.87 1.26 $28.15 $58,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,890 2.19 0.96 $22.09 $45,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,840 2.14 0.94 $16.41 $34,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,740 1.58 0.69 $26.78 $55,710