How Much Money Firefighters Earn in Every State

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When an explosion, fire or other disaster strikes, most people run away — but not firefighters. They run toward the danger.

Although firefighters are generally well-respected for their commitment, the profession doesn’t always pay well.

The average annual wage for firefighters was $53,240 as of 2018, the most recent year for which this data is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Firefighters in a few states have annual wages topping $70,000, while firefighters in a few other states are paid less than half that.

Following are the average annual wages that firefighters receive in all 50 states, starting with the lowest paid.

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