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When an explosion, fire or other disaster strikes, most people run away — but not firefighters. They run toward it.
Many firefighters describe their career choice as a “calling.”
Although firefighters are generally well-respected for their commitment, the profession doesn’t always pay well.
The average annual wage for firefighters was $51,930 in May 2017, which is the most recent year for employment and wage statistics available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s not a bad wage. But it depends on where you are. Firefighters in some states have annual salaries topping $75,000, while others are paid something close to minimum wage.
Here’s the average annual salary that firefighters receive in all 50 states, starting with the lowest earners: