Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
315,910 0.8 % $24.29 $50,520 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.39 $15.71 $23.09 $31.19 $38.99
Annual Wage (2) $23,700 $32,670 $48,030 $64,870 $81,110


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) 285,450 5.31 $24.68 $51,330
Other Support Services 12,110 3.95 $15.52 $32,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,650 0.38 $24.23 $50,390
State Government (OES Designation) 7,440 0.34 $23.33 $48,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $28.15 $58,550

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) 285,450 5.31 $24.68 $51,330
Other Support Services 12,110 3.95 $15.52 $32,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,650 0.38 $24.23 $50,390
State Government (OES Designation) 7,440 0.34 $23.33 $48,530
Support Activities for Air Transportation 230 0.12 $22.06 $45,880

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 80 0.07 $34.29 $71,330
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 60 0.04 $33.08 $68,800
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 70 0.03 $32.53 $67,670
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $28.15 $58,550
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $26.68 $55,490


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 30,040 1.88 0.84 $34.52 $71,790
Texas 27,870 2.37 1.05 $24.63 $51,230
Florida 24,250 2.95 1.31 $24.41 $50,780
Ohio 18,810 3.52 1.57 $21.62 $44,970
Illinois 17,170 2.91 1.29 $26.66 $55,460




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 2,220 3.73 1.66 $16.05 $33,380
Rhode Island 1,710 3.59 1.60 $26.84 $55,820
Ohio 18,810 3.52 1.57 $21.62 $44,970
North Carolina 14,900 3.52 1.56 $16.51 $34,330
Massachusetts 11,910 3.44 1.53 $28.68 $59,650




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 5,460 1.38 0.61 $39.30 $81,730
California 30,040 1.88 0.84 $34.52 $71,790
Washington 8,090 2.64 1.17 $33.14 $68,930
New York 10,490 1.15 0.51 $33.10 $68,850
Oregon 3,200 1.79 0.79 $30.06 $62,530





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,830 1.49 0.66 $35.68 $74,210
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,580 2.63 1.17 $31.32 $65,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,830 1.85 0.82 $39.12 $81,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,590 2.58 1.15 $18.56 $38,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,570 2.24 0.99 $22.77 $47,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,740 2.36 1.05 $25.49 $53,010
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,060 2.81 1.25 $32.47 $67,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,280 1.72 0.76 $28.70 $59,700
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 4,030 3.48 1.54 $17.23 $35,840
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 3,910 3.75 1.67 $18.98 $39,480