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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
324,620 0.9 % $26.27 $54,650 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.29 $16.57 $24.45 $33.19 $44.24
Annual Wage (2) $25,550 $34,470 $50,850 $69,040 $92,020


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 289,310 5.22 $26.82 $55,780
Other Support Services 14,520 4.42 $17.11 $35,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,400 0.43 $25.49 $53,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,470 0.37 $25.30 $52,620
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 700 0.23 $18.46 $38,400

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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 289,310 5.22 $26.82 $55,780
Other Support Services 14,520 4.42 $17.11 $35,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,400 0.43 $25.49 $53,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,470 0.37 $25.30 $52,620
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 700 0.23 $18.46 $38,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 390 0.08 $31.41 $65,330
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.01 $30.48 $63,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 170 0.01 $30.33 $63,090
Ship and Boat Building 110 0.08 $27.67 $57,550
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $27.57 $57,350


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 33,780 1.94 0.88 $40.56 $84,370
Texas 25,670 2.06 0.93 $26.33 $54,760
Florida 19,560 2.22 1.01 $24.66 $51,300
Ohio 19,200 3.52 1.59 $22.99 $47,820
Illinois 17,180 2.85 1.29 $27.97 $58,170




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)
New Hampshire 2,530 3.83 1.73 $22.65 $47,120
Ohio 19,200 3.52 1.59 $22.99 $47,820
Louisiana 6,750 3.51 1.59 $14.98 $31,150
North Carolina 15,200 3.41 1.54 $16.40 $34,110
Wisconsin 9,450 3.29 1.49 $19.40 $40,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 33,780 1.94 0.88 $40.56 $84,370
New Jersey 5,780 1.41 0.64 $38.89 $80,890
Washington 8,060 2.43 1.10 $37.01 $76,970
New York 14,050 1.48 0.67 $36.13 $75,160
Nevada 2,020 1.45 0.66 $33.32 $69,310





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 14,900 1.54 0.70 $39.17 $81,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 13,000 2.78 1.26 $31.43 $65,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,850 1.58 0.71 $46.85 $97,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,960 2.85 1.29 $30.97 $64,410
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,950 2.17 0.98 $29.12 $60,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,860 2.16 0.98 $32.10 $66,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,300 2.30 1.04 $20.53 $42,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,950 1.95 0.88 $25.49 $53,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,000 2.54 1.15 $18.87 $39,240
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,640 1.76 0.79 $32.55 $67,700