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 $56,360 as of 2020, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Firefighters in a few states have annual wages nearing $90,000; firefighters in many other states are paid less than half that.

Following are the average annual wages that firefighters received in 49 states, starting with the lowest paid. Data for Vermont is not available.

Curious about law enforcement salaries? We also covered “How Much Police Make in Every State.”

49. Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi, fire fighting boat
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Number of jobs: 3,320
Average annual wage: $31,630
Average hourly wage: $15.21

48. Louisiana

Fire station in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Number of jobs: 6,230
Average annual wage: $32,580
Average hourly wage: $15.66

47. North Carolina

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Number of jobs: 14,910
Average annual wage: $34,230
Average hourly wage: $16.46

46. Kentucky

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Number of jobs: 4,110
Average annual wage: $34,580
Average hourly wage: $16.62

45. West Virginia

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Number of jobs: 830
Average annual wage: $37,030
Average hourly wage: $17.80

44. Kansas

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Number of jobs: 3,440
Average annual wage: $37,800
Average hourly wage: $18.17

43. South Carolina

Fire station in Charleston, South Carolina
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Number of jobs: 5,750
Average annual wage: $37,980
Average hourly wage: $18.26

42. Georgia

Firefighters on a firetruck in Americus, Georgia
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Number of jobs: 11,000
Average annual wage: $38,400
Average hourly wage: $18.46

41. New Mexico

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Number of jobs: 2,300
Average annual wage: $38,400
Average hourly wage: $18.46

40. Arkansas

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Number of jobs: 2,180
Average annual wage: $39,730
Average hourly wage: $19.10

39. Maine

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Number of jobs: 2,130
Average annual wage: $40,020

Average hourly wage: $19.24

38. Utah

Firefighters in Heber City, Utah
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Number of jobs: 2,170
Average annual wage: $40,050
Average hourly wage: $19.26

37. Idaho

Firefighters in rural Idaho
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Number of jobs: 1,880
Average annual wage: $40,720
Average hourly wage: $19.58

36. Minnesota

Firefighter in Moorhead, Minnesota
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Number of jobs: 6,480
Average annual wage: $41,180
Average hourly wage: $19.80

35. Alabama

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Number of jobs: 6,250
Average annual wage: $42,000
Average hourly wage: $20.19

34. Wisconsin

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Number of jobs: 8,500
Average annual wage: $42,690
Average hourly wage: $20.52

33. Oklahoma

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Number of jobs: 3,570
Average annual wage: $44,410
Average hourly wage: $21.35

32. Tennessee

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Number of jobs: 5,330
Average annual wage: $45,600
Average hourly wage: $21.92

31. South Dakota

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Number of jobs: 550
Average annual wage: $46,890
Average hourly wage: $22.54

30. Delaware

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Number of jobs: 500
Average annual wage: $46,970
Average hourly wage: $22.58

29. Arizona

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Number of jobs: 6,230
Average annual wage: $47,590

Average hourly wage: $22.88

28. New Hampshire

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Number of jobs: 2,430
Average annual wage: $47,870
Average hourly wage: $23.02

27. Wyoming

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Number of jobs: 610
Average annual wage: $48,030
Average hourly wage: $23.09

26. Iowa

Firetrucks in Burlington, Iowa
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Number of jobs: 1,810
Average annual wage: $48,330
Average hourly wage: $23.23

25. Michigan

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Number of jobs: 6,570
Average annual wage: $49,170
Average hourly wage: $23.64

24. North Dakota

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Number of jobs: 750
Average annual wage: $49,600
Average hourly wage: $23.85

23. Ohio

Firefighters in Ohio
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Number of jobs: 17,580
Average annual wage: $50,440
Average hourly wage: $24.25

22. Missouri

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Number of jobs: 5,900
Average annual wage: $51,970
Average hourly wage: $24.98

21. Indiana

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Number of jobs: 8,130
Average annual wage: $52,630
Average hourly wage: $25.30

20. Florida

Firetrucks in Key West, Florida
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Number of jobs: 19,000
Average annual wage: $52,720
Average hourly wage: $25.35

19. Nebraska

Firefighters in Springview, Nebraska
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Number of jobs: 960
Average annual wage: $52,880

Average hourly wage: $25.42

18. Montana

Firefighters in Kalispell, Montana
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Number of jobs: 740
Average annual wage: $53,560
Average hourly wage: $25.75

17. Virginia

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Number of jobs: 9,680
Average annual wage: $55,620
Average hourly wage: $26.74

16. Texas

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Number of jobs: 24,690
Average annual wage: $56,610
Average hourly wage: $27.21

15. Alaska

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Number of jobs: 850
Average annual wage: $56,970
Average hourly wage: $27.39

14. Rhode Island

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Number of jobs: 1,370
Average annual wage: $57,750
Average hourly wage: $27.76

13. Illinois

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Number of jobs: 14,280
Average annual wage: $60,160
Average hourly wage: $28.92

12. Pennsylvania

Firefighter in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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Number of jobs: 4,410
Average annual wage: $61,000
Average hourly wage: $29.33

11. Colorado

Firefighter in Denver, Colorado
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Number of jobs: 5,620
Average annual wage: $63,160
Average hourly wage: $30.36

10. Oregon

Firefighters in Roseburg, Oregon
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Number of jobs: 4,310
Average annual wage: $63,680
Average hourly wage: $30.61

9. Nevada

Firefighters in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Number of jobs: 1,750
Average annual wage: $64,410

Average hourly wage: $30.97

8. Maryland

Firefighters working in Baltimore, Maryland
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Number of jobs: 4,730
Average annual wage: $64,490
Average hourly wage: $31.00

7. Massachusetts

Firetruck in Boston, Massachusetts
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Number of jobs: 10,870
Average annual wage: $65,310
Average hourly wage: $31.40

6. Connecticut

Firetruck at a house fire in Seymour, Connecticut
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Number of jobs: 2,770
Average annual wage: $67,630
Average hourly wage: $32.51

5. Hawaii

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Number of jobs: 1,810
Average annual wage: $68,590
Average hourly wage: $32.97

4. New York

Fire station in Manhattan, New York City
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Number of jobs: 14,200
Average annual wage: $77,380
Average hourly wage: $37.20

3. Washington

Firefighters working in Seattle, Washington
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Number of jobs: 6,520
Average annual wage: $77,700
Average hourly wage: $37.36

2. California

Firefighters in Los Angeles, California
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Number of jobs: 32,600
Average annual wage: $86,860
Average hourly wage: $41.76

1. New Jersey

Firefighters from New Jersey's Cherry Hill Fire Department
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Number of jobs: 6,800
Average annual wage: $86,880
Average hourly wage: $41.77

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