Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
321,570 0.9 % $25.60 $53,240 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.10 $16.21 $23.85 $32.26 $42.75
Annual Wage (2) $25,170 $33,720 $49,620 $67,100 $88,920


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) 288,710 5.27 $26.07 $54,230
Other Support Services 13,040 4.16 $16.68 $34,700
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,830 0.41 $24.00 $49,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,460 0.37 $25.38 $52,780
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 380 0.08 $30.15 $62,700

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) 288,710 5.27 $26.07 $54,230
Other Support Services 13,040 4.16 $16.68 $34,700
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,830 0.41 $24.00 $49,910
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,460 0.37 $25.38 $52,780
Spectator Sports 200 0.14 $20.10 $41,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 160 0.02 $32.62 $67,850
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.03 $32.57 $67,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 380 0.08 $30.15 $62,700
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $28.57 $59,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $27.87 $57,970


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 32,910 1.94 0.87 $39.22 $81,580
Texas 29,110 2.40 1.08 $25.25 $52,520
Florida 22,690 2.64 1.19 $25.65 $53,340
Ohio 19,210 3.55 1.60 $22.26 $46,310
Illinois 17,170 2.87 1.29 $27.26 $56,710




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)
Ohio 19,210 3.55 1.60 $22.26 $46,310
North Carolina 14,870 3.39 1.53 $17.07 $35,500
Wisconsin 9,450 3.32 1.49 $19.38 $40,310
Maine 2,010 3.32 1.50 $17.67 $36,750
New Hampshire 2,130 3.27 1.47 $23.39 $48,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 32,910 1.94 0.87 $39.22 $81,580
New Jersey 5,590 1.38 0.62 $36.80 $76,530
Washington 7,750 2.38 1.07 $35.50 $73,850
New York 11,880 1.27 0.57 $35.44 $73,710
Nevada 1,970 1.46 0.66 $32.13 $66,830





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-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 13,090 2.82 1.27 $30.49 $63,410
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,070 1.38 0.62 $37.90 $78,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,870 1.45 0.65 $46.21 $96,110
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 8,570 2.40 1.08 $27.76 $57,740
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 7,980 2.89 1.30 $30.24 $62,900
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 7,020 2.71 1.22 $33.51 $69,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,200 2.08 0.94 $24.78 $51,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,890 2.20 0.99 $19.98 $41,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,800 1.85 0.83 $31.22 $64,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,780 2.44 1.10 $18.69 $38,880