Information About Fire Fighters

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Training

Fire fighters need long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Fire fighters
Training for Fire Fighters
Percent
Less than High School 1.1
High School 20.2
Some College 41.1
Associates Degree 19.3
Bachelors Degree 16.3
Masters Degree 1.5
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.5

Employment

Represents about 310,000 people in the United States- 0.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 57,000 more fire fighters but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 152,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, fire fighters make $22.94 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Fire fighters $10.80 $15.20 $21.80 $28.90 $36.30
Protective service occupations $9.08 $11.70 $17.60 $26.80 $36.00
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, fire fighters make $47,720 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Fire fighters $22,480 $31,690 $45,420 $60,120 $75,520
Protective service occupations $18,880 $24,480 $36,740 $55,790 $74,900
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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