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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Firefighters
Industry profile for Firefighters
Geographic profile for Firefighters

National estimates for Firefighters: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Firefighters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
311,350 0.7 % $ 27.09 $ 56,360 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Firefighters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.95 $ 17.24 $ 25.24 $ 34.07 $ 45.09
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,940 $ 35,850 $ 52,500 $ 70,870 $ 93,790


Industry profile for Firefighters: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Firefighters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 277,370 5.13 $ 27.64 $ 57,490
Other Support Services 13,720 4.60 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,310 0.42 $ 26.28 $ 54,670
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 7,660 0.37 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 700 0.23 $ 18.64 $ 38,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Firefighters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 277,370 5.13 $ 27.64 $ 57,490
Other Support Services 13,720 4.60 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,310 0.42 $ 26.28 $ 54,670
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 7,660 0.37 $ 26.43 $ 54,970
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 700 0.23 $ 18.64 $ 38,780

Top paying industries for Firefighters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 30 0.03 $ 33.83 $ 70,360
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 320 0.06 $ 30.80 $ 64,060
Ship and Boat Building 110 0.08 $ 28.43 $ 59,130
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 (7) $ 28.36 $ 59,000
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $ 28.29 $ 58,840


Geographic profile for Firefighters: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Firefighters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 32,600 1.98 0.89 $ 41.76 $ 86,860
Texas 24,690 2.04 0.91 $ 27.21 $ 56,610
Florida 19,000 2.25 1.01 $ 25.35 $ 52,720
Ohio 17,580 3.42 1.53 $ 24.25 $ 50,440
North Carolina 14,910 3.48 1.55 $ 16.46 $ 34,230




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 2,430 3.93 1.75 $ 23.02 $ 47,870
Maine 2,130 3.70 1.65 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
North Carolina 14,910 3.48 1.55 $ 16.46 $ 34,230
Louisiana 6,230 3.46 1.55 $ 15.66 $ 32,580
Ohio 17,580 3.42 1.53 $ 24.25 $ 50,440




Top paying states for Firefighters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 6,800 1.80 0.80 $ 41.77 $ 86,880
California 32,600 1.98 0.89 $ 41.76 $ 86,860
Washington 6,520 2.04 0.91 $ 37.36 $ 77,700
New York 14,200 1.63 0.73 $ 37.20 $ 77,380
Hawaii 1,810 3.15 1.41 $ 32.97 $ 68,590





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Firefighters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 15,770 1.79 0.80 $ 40.89 $ 85,040
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,680 2.45 1.09 $ 31.96 $ 66,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,970 1.71 0.76 $ 48.19 $ 100,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,400 2.06 0.92 $ 30.46 $ 63,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,350 2.82 1.26 $ 32.50 $ 67,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,560 2.17 0.97 $ 33.35 $ 69,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,120 2.32 1.04 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,920 1.99 0.89 $ 26.03 $ 54,140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,680 1.87 0.83 $ 33.17 $ 68,980
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 4,030 3.33 1.49 $ 16.61 $ 34,540




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Firefighters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 440 8.79 3.93 $ 21.81 $ 45,360
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 500 6.71 3.00 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 790 6.24 2.79 $ 26.27 $ 54,650
Yakima, WA 560 6.23 2.78 $ 29.85 $ 62,080
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 200 6.19 2.77 $ 17.51 $ 36,420
Mansfield, OH 270 5.99 2.68 $ 19.00 $ 39,520
Leominster-Gardner, MA 280 5.85 2.61 $ 28.47 $ 59,220
Hinesville, GA 100 5.74 2.57 $ 20.26 $ 42,130
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 910 5.57 2.49 $ 19.82 $ 41,220
Jacksonville, NC 250 5.48 2.45 $ 19.29 $ 40,120