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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Firefighters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
317,310 1.2 % $ 26.58 $ 55,290 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Firefighters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.96 $ 17.86 $ 24.38 $ 31.72 $ 39.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,030 $ 37,140 $ 50,700 $ 65,980 $ 81,640


Industry profile for Firefighters:

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) 279,570 5.20 $ 27.23 $ 56,640
Other Support Services 17,110 6.09 $ 16.89 $ 35,120
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 10,260 0.47 $ 25.65 $ 53,350
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 7,670 0.36 $ 26.75 $ 55,650
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 660 0.21 $ 19.23 $ 40,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Firefighters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 17,110 6.09 $ 16.89 $ 35,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 279,570 5.20 $ 27.23 $ 56,640
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 10,260 0.47 $ 25.65 $ 53,350
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 7,670 0.36 $ 26.75 $ 55,650
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 660 0.21 $ 19.23 $ 40,000

Top paying industries for Firefighters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 280 0.06 $ 31.68 $ 65,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 50 (7) $ 30.05 $ 62,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 0.01 $ 29.35 $ 61,050
Facilities Support Services 40 0.02 $ 28.11 $ 58,460
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 279,570 5.20 $ 27.23 $ 56,640


Geographic profile for Firefighters:

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.



Map of employment of firefighters by state, May 2021


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)
Texas 29,530 2.41 1.07 $ 25.63 $ 53,310
California 27,730 1.68 0.74 $ 38.94 $ 80,990
Florida 20,420 2.37 1.05 $ 25.71 $ 53,480
Ohio 19,350 3.72 1.65 $ 25.26 $ 52,530
North Carolina 15,410 3.49 1.55 $ 17.76 $ 36,950


Map of location quotient of firefighters by state, May 2021


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 2,400 3.78 1.68 $ 25.13 $ 52,260
Ohio 19,350 3.72 1.65 $ 25.26 $ 52,530
Massachusetts 12,060 3.55 1.58 $ 31.56 $ 65,650
Maine 2,070 3.49 1.55 $ 21.60 $ 44,920
North Carolina 15,410 3.49 1.55 $ 17.76 $ 36,950


Map of annual mean wages of firefighters by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Firefighters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 5,960 1.55 0.69 $ 40.83 $ 84,930
California 27,730 1.68 0.74 $ 38.94 $ 80,990
Washington 7,740 2.41 1.07 $ 36.68 $ 76,280
New York 10,640 1.23 0.54 $ 34.94 $ 72,670
Colorado 5,460 2.08 0.93 $ 32.84 $ 68,300



Map of employment of firefighters by area, May 2021


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 12,260 1.41 0.63 $ 38.30 $ 79,660
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,920 2.82 1.25 $ 31.73 $ 65,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 8,420 3.26 1.45 $ 32.95 $ 68,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,910 2.20 0.98 $ 28.31 $ 58,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,890 2.35 1.04 $ 30.91 $ 64,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,760 1.18 0.52 $ 44.07 $ 91,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,440 2.22 0.99 $ 24.48 $ 50,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,940 2.30 1.02 $ 21.27 $ 44,240
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,050 2.06 0.91 $ 32.69 $ 68,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,310 2.03 0.90 $ 24.86 $ 51,700


Map of location quotient of firefighters by area, May 2021


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)
Fayetteville, NC 910 7.25 3.22 $ 18.11 $ 37,670
Charlottesville, VA 760 7.15 3.17 (8) (8)
Leominster-Gardner, MA 330 6.66 2.96 $ 26.32 $ 54,740
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 220 6.40 2.84 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Barnstable Town, MA 610 6.32 2.81 $ 31.92 $ 66,380
Hinesville, GA 120 6.22 2.76 $ 20.62 $ 42,880
Springfield, OH 270 5.98 2.66 $ 22.41 $ 46,620
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 310 5.82 2.58 $ 23.86 $ 49,640
San Angelo, TX 270 5.78 2.56 $ 23.19 $ 48,220
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 280 5.77 2.56 $ 24.25 $ 50,440