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.