Training Requirements for Firefighters

Firefighters need a postsecondary nondegree award and long-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Firefighters
Percent
Less than High School 0.7
High School 15.1
Some College 40.5
Associates Degree 21.6
Bachelors Degree 19.7
Masters Degree 2.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.4

Employment Outlook for Firefighters

This represents about 327,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 17,000 more firefighters but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 112,000 more.

Typical Income for Firefighters

Hourly Income

On average,firefighters make $24.29 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Firefighters $11.39 $15.71 $23.09 $31.19 $38.99
Protective service occupations $9.74 $12.32 $18.59 $28.70 $39.42
Fire fighting and prevention workers $11.51 $15.87 $23.22 $31.41 $39.18
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, firefighters make $50,520 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Firefighters $23,700 $32,670 $48,030 $64,870 $81,110
Protective service occupations $20,260 $25,630 $38,660 $59,700 $81,980
Fire fighting and prevention workers $23,930 $33,010 $48,290 $65,340 $81,490
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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