Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
319,860 0.7 % $24.97 $51,930 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.77 $16.06 $23.60 $32.03 $40.18
Annual Wage (2) $24,490 $33,400 $49,080 $66,610 $83,570


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) 288,360 5.29 $25.42 $52,860
Other Support Services 12,270 3.99 $16.21 $33,720
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,220 0.38 $22.75 $47,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,510 0.37 $24.93 $51,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 400 0.08 (8) (8)

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) 288,360 5.29 $25.42 $52,860
Other Support Services 12,270 3.99 $16.21 $33,720
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,220 0.38 $22.75 $47,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,510 0.37 $24.93 $51,860
Support Activities for Air Transportation 260 0.13 $24.24 $50,420

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 (8) (8) $30.31 $63,050
Scientific Research and Development Services 180 0.03 $29.85 $62,090
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 170 0.01 $26.79 $55,730
Investigation and Security Services 210 0.02 $26.48 $55,070
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $25.63 $53,310


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 31,150 1.87 0.83 $35.51 $73,860
Texas 27,900 2.35 1.05 $25.71 $53,480
Florida 24,430 2.90 1.29 $25.08 $52,170
Ohio 18,670 3.48 1.55 $22.46 $46,710
Illinois 17,830 3.01 1.34 $26.59 $55,300




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)
North Carolina 15,230 3.54 1.58 $17.36 $36,110
Rhode Island 1,660 3.48 1.55 $27.15 $56,480
Ohio 18,670 3.48 1.55 $22.46 $46,710
Massachusetts 12,120 3.44 1.53 $29.11 $60,550
Wisconsin 9,420 3.34 1.49 $20.13 $41,870




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 5,530 1.38 0.61 $36.48 $75,880
California 31,150 1.87 0.83 $35.51 $73,860
New York 9,680 1.05 0.47 $33.92 $70,560
Washington 8,710 2.73 1.22 $33.80 $70,300
Nevada 1,860 1.42 0.63 $32.05 $66,670



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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-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 10,110 2.76 1.23 $31.58 $65,700
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,340 1.40 0.62 $36.13 $75,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,660 1.73 0.77 $41.17 $85,620
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,530 2.49 1.11 $19.41 $40,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,390 2.18 0.97 $24.22 $50,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,830 2.34 1.04 $26.75 $55,640
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,220 2.84 1.27 $32.70 $68,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,550 1.81 0.81 $28.79 $59,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,510 2.33 1.04 $17.04 $35,450
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 4,280 3.61 1.61 $17.64 $36,680


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Prescott, AZ 590 9.55 4.26 $22.34 $46,460
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 410 8.70 3.88 $20.94 $43,550
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 230 7.04 3.14 $23.09 $48,020
Eau Claire, WI 550 6.73 3.00 $13.93 $28,980
Fayetteville, NC 780 6.12 2.73 $15.32 $31,870
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 260 6.00 2.68 $27.87 $57,960
Hammond, LA 260 5.97 2.66 $11.96 $24,870
Springfield, IL 640 5.95 2.65 $27.07 $56,300
Jacksonville, NC 260 5.71 2.55 $20.39 $42,420
Yuba City, CA 240 5.62 2.50 $17.84 $37,100