Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
318,790 0.8 % $23.72 $49,330 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.06 $15.42 $22.53 $30.40 $38.22
Annual Wage (2) $23,010 $32,080 $46,870 $63,230 $79,490


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) 287,830 5.37 $24.08 $50,090
Other Support Services 11,720 3.96 $15.15 $31,520
State Government (OES Designation) 8,070 0.37 $22.85 $47,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,540 0.38 $23.89 $49,690
Scientific Research and Development Services 410 0.06 $28.35 $58,980

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) 287,830 5.37 $24.08 $50,090
Other Support Services 11,720 3.96 $15.15 $31,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,540 0.38 $23.89 $49,690
State Government (OES Designation) 8,070 0.37 $22.85 $47,520
Facilities Support Services 320 0.22 $20.27 $42,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $38.26 $79,580
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $35.99 $74,860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 80 0.03 $29.75 $61,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 410 0.06 $28.35 $58,980
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 370 0.08 $26.86 $55,880


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 34,100 2.20 0.95 $32.65 $67,920
Texas 27,890 2.41 1.04 $23.84 $49,580
Florida 23,640 2.98 1.29 $24.77 $51,520
Ohio 19,030 3.60 1.56 $21.26 $44,210
Illinois 18,030 3.08 1.33 $24.55 $51,070



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)
Rhode Island 1,880 3.99 1.73 $25.37 $52,770
Ohio 19,030 3.60 1.56 $21.26 $44,210
Massachusetts 12,110 3.57 1.54 $27.70 $57,610
North Carolina 14,530 3.52 1.52 $16.00 $33,270
Maine 2,020 3.41 1.48 $15.74 $32,730



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 5,300 1.36 0.59 $39.23 $81,590
California 34,100 2.20 0.95 $32.65 $67,920
Washington 8,000 2.68 1.16 $32.34 $67,270
New York 10,970 1.22 0.53 $32.18 $66,930
Oregon 3,280 1.89 0.82 $29.89 $62,180




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 9,920 1.53 0.66 $34.97 $72,730
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 9,630 2.70 1.17 $28.50 $59,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,810 1.90 0.82 $38.04 $79,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,580 2.65 1.15 $17.83 $37,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,480 2.21 0.96 $21.83 $45,410
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,780 2.48 1.07 $24.91 $51,810
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,190 2.95 1.28 $30.94 $64,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.74 0.75 $27.92 $58,080
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 4,130 3.70 1.60 $16.65 $34,620
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,990 2.95 1.28 $30.78 $64,020