How much firefighters are paid in every US state

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesFirefighters’ pay varies by state.
  • Firefighters are a part of the bedrock of their communities.
  • The Bureau of Labour Statistics released data on the salaries of firefighters.
  • Firefighter salaries vary widely across states.

Firefighters put their lives on the line for their communities every day.

Using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program, Business Insider identified the median annual salaries of firefighters and the first-line supervisors of firefighters in almost every US state as of May 2017.

We also noted the overall range of firefighters’ pay in each state, ranging from the low-end 10th percentile to the high-end 90th percentile of salaries.


Alabama

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US40,700

10th percentile salary: $US25,030

90th percentile salary: $US58,620

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US60,650

10th percentile salary: $US40,870

90th percentile salary: $US91,210


Alaska

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US60,790

10th percentile salary: $US38,720

90th percentile salary: $US82,740

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US84,530

10th percentile salary: $US64,340

90th percentile salary: $US107,820


Arizona

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US45,840

10th percentile salary: $US23,980

90th percentile salary: $US67,070

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US66,670

10th percentile salary: $US41,710

90th percentile salary: $US106,320


Arkansas

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US35,440

10th percentile salary: $US20,520

90th percentile salary: $US57,060

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US53,180

10th percentile salary: $US28,270

90th percentile salary: $US78,740


California

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US35,440

10th percentile salary: $US20,520

90th percentile salary: $US57,060

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US53,180

10th percentile salary: $US28,270

90th percentile salary: $US78,740


Colorado

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US54,680

10th percentile salary: $US27,560

90th percentile salary: $US83,960

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US81,910

10th percentile salary: $US47,760

90th percentile salary: $US112,620


Connecticut

Getty/Spencer PlattTwo firefighters ride in a convertible during the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 2012 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US65,360

10th percentile salary: $US39,120

90th percentile salary: $US82,380

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US82,420

10th percentile salary: $US67,500

90th percentile salary: $US107,010


Delaware

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US44,250

10th percentile salary: $US30,580

90th percentile salary: $US65,240

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US75,690

10th percentile salary: $US51,600

90th percentile salary: $US100,840


Florida

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US50,170

10th percentile salary: $US29,320

90th percentile salary: $US79,560

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US82,450

10th percentile salary: $US54,050

90th percentile salary: $US119,520


Georgia

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US36,190

10th percentile salary: $US22,280

90th percentile salary: $US52,180

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US57,600

10th percentile salary: $US35,670

90th percentile salary: $US89,010


Hawaii

* The Bureau of Labour Statistics did not provide salary estimates for firefighters or their supervisors in Hawaii.


Idaho

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US37,130

10th percentile salary: $US19,600

90th percentile salary: $US64,200

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US57,410

10th percentile salary: $US18,290

90th percentile salary: $US99,740


Illinois

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US51,850

10th percentile salary: $US19,670

90th percentile salary: $US96,010

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US95,370

10th percentile salary: $US48,980

90th percentile salary: $US130,670


Indiana

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US49,470

10th percentile salary: $US25,290

90th percentile salary: $US68,380

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US62,760

10th percentile salary: $US42,490

90th percentile salary: $US87,900


Iowa

Getty Images/Scott OlsonCedar Rapids firefighter Jason Lopez holds a cat rescued from the attic of a flooded home June 13, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US41,890

10th percentile salary: $US21,440

90th percentile salary: $US59,810

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US66,800

10th percentile salary: $US44,740

90th percentile salary: $US99,470


Kansas

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US36,250

10th percentile salary: $US21,580

90th percentile salary: $US54,930

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US58,870

10th percentile salary: $US35,250

90th percentile salary: $US97,130


Kentucky

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US30,310

10th percentile salary: $US20,340

90th percentile salary: $US49,190

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US57,150

10th percentile salary: $US32,600

90th percentile salary: $US87,210


Louisiana

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US28,980

10th percentile salary: $US18,120

90th percentile salary: $US56,270

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US56,270

10th percentile salary: $US33,140

90th percentile salary: $US83,270


Maine

Getty Images/Herb SwansonA team of firefighters from Portland, Maine, ski through a slalom course at the Firefighters Ski Race March 19, 2006 at Sunday River Ski Area in Newry, Maine.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US30,880

10th percentile salary: $US22,470

90th percentile salary: $US48,880

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US57,800

10th percentile salary: $US38,070

90th percentile salary: $US79,440


Maryland

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US30,880

10th percentile salary: $US22,470

90th percentile salary: $US48,880

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US57,800

10th percentile salary: $US38,070

90th percentile salary: $US79,440


Massachusetts

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US59,770

10th percentile salary: $US35,670

90th percentile salary: $US88,250

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US83,180

10th percentile salary: $US58,680

90th percentile salary: $US129,230


Michigan

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US44,210

10th percentile salary: $US23,150

90th percentile salary: $US69,910

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US66,790

10th percentile salary: $US41,670

90th percentile salary: $US92,040


Minnesota

Eric Miller/Getty ImagesTom Cherep, a fireman with the Bloomington, Minnesota Fire Department poses with trick-or-treaters October 31, 2001 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US29,820

10th percentile salary: $US20,580

90th percentile salary: $US62,220

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US71,900

10th percentile salary: $US31,160

90th percentile salary: $US104,520


Mississippi

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US28,980

10th percentile salary: $US18,780

90th percentile salary: $US46,310

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US44,040

10th percentile salary: $US33,220

90th percentile salary: $US64,930


Missouri

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesDemocratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) walks away after greeting firefighters as he arrives at Kansas City International Airport on October 18, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US47,790

10th percentile salary: $US24,400

90th percentile salary: $US78,650

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US74,260

10th percentile salary: $US37,030

90th percentile salary: $US103,260


Montana

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US50,420

10th percentile salary: $US19,140

90th percentile salary: $US70,300

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US67,850

10th percentile salary: $US39,850

90th percentile salary: $US83,050


Nebraska

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US51,370

10th percentile salary: $US28,800

90th percentile salary: $US67,680

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US66,120

10th percentile salary: $US52,140

90th percentile salary: $US102,920


Nevada

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US65,960

10th percentile salary: $US38,620

90th percentile salary: $US97,120

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US95,360

10th percentile salary: $US59,680

90th percentile salary: $US126,450


New Hampshire

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US46,820

10th percentile salary: $US26,060

90th percentile salary: $US66,720

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US72,480

10th percentile salary: $US47,560

90th percentile salary: $US101,260


New Jersey

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US75,420

10th percentile salary: $US37,460

90th percentile salary: $US115,370

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US116,230

10th percentile salary: $US82,620

90th percentile salary: $US147,480


New Mexico

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US35,140

10th percentile salary: $US21,770

90th percentile salary: $US54,070

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US52,380

10th percentile salary: $US42,490

90th percentile salary: $US89,900


New York

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesPeople play with a dalmatian named ’20’ at the station of Ladder Company 20 before a ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011 in New York City.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US73,480

10th percentile salary: $US47,330

90th percentile salary: $US85,400

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US98,220

10th percentile salary: $US70,000

90th percentile salary: $US136,770


North Carolina

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesFirefighters wade through floodwater as they respond to a call of a gas leak during Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US33,760

10th percentile salary: $US21,280

90th percentile salary: $US55,910

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US67,490

10th percentile salary: $US44,550

90th percentile salary: $US94,390


North Dakota

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US44,110

10th percentile salary: $US18,740

90th percentile salary: $US60,590

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US66,330

10th percentile salary: $US44,670

90th percentile salary: $US97,230


Ohio

John Bashian/Getty ImagesFirefighters battle flames with chemical foams at a magnesium fire at the Garfield Alloy Magnesium recycling plant December 30, 2003 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US46,360

10th percentile salary: $US22,580

90th percentile salary: $US74,610

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US71,140

10th percentile salary: $US42,130

90th percentile salary: $US100,250


Oklahoma

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US41,920

10th percentile salary: $US21,180

90th percentile salary: $US69,440

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US68,550

10th percentile salary: $US43,350

90th percentile salary: $US102,640


Oregon

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US66,880

10th percentile salary: $US35,170

90th percentile salary: $US90,760

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US88,650

10th percentile salary: $US48,460

90th percentile salary: $US123,860


Pennsylvania

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US56,240

10th percentile salary: $US29,030

90th percentile salary: $US79,970

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US75,380

10th percentile salary: $US56,540

90th percentile salary: $US98,670


Rhode Island

Darren McCollester/Getty ImagesResidents speak with firefighters as they deal with flooding issues on Moore and Perkins Street deal March 30, 2010 in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US58,450

10th percentile salary: $US37,380

90th percentile salary: $US69,580

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US73,370

10th percentile salary: $US55,790

90th percentile salary: $US90,660


South Carolina

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US33,610

10th percentile salary: $US21,810

90th percentile salary: $US50,000

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US53,430

10th percentile salary: $US34,780

90th percentile salary: $US78,140


South Dakota

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US43,870

10th percentile salary: $US28,630

90th percentile salary: $US63,810

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US74,570

10th percentile salary: $US47,590

90th percentile salary: $US95,330


Tennessee

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Columbia PicturesActor Josh Brolin, singer-songwriter Dierks Bently and two of Nashville’s firemen attends ‘Only The Brave’ Nashville screening hosted by Dierks Bentley at The Belcourt Theatre on October 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US38,460

10th percentile salary: $US23,310

90th percentile salary: $US60,730

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US54,750

10th percentile salary: $US30,380

90th percentile salary: $US79,450


Texas

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US52,420

10th percentile salary: $US30,400

90th percentile salary: $US79,640

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US77,430

10th percentile salary: $US38,050

90th percentile salary: $US123,440


Utah

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US32,420

10th percentile salary: $US18,260

90th percentile salary: $US57,850

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US72,190

10th percentile salary: $US35,420

90th percentile salary: $US103,430


Vermont

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US38,540

10th percentile salary: $US20,810

90th percentile salary: $US58,900

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US52,070

10th percentile salary: $US41,190

90th percentile salary: $US84,360


Virginia

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFairfax County firefighter and paramedic Tyler Brady plays the part of Santa Claus as he helps fellow firefighters from Bailey’s Crossroads Station 10 to distribute toys to children at the Culmore Support Center December 22, 2016 in Falls Church, Virginia.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US50,160

10th percentile salary: $US30,570

90th percentile salary: $US74,100

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US81,520

10th percentile salary: $US57,220

90th percentile salary: $US120,320


Washington

Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesFirefighters extinguish hotpots after a wildfire, part of the Okanogan Complex, swept through the area on August 22, 2015 near Okanogan, Washington.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US73,380

10th percentile salary: $US28,100

90th percentile salary: $US102,220

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US96,690

10th percentile salary: $US68,090

90th percentile salary: $US130,960


West Virginia

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US33,450

10th percentile salary: $US22,970

90th percentile salary: $US49,770

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US42,320

10th percentile salary: $US26,910

90th percentile salary: $US74,830


Wisconsin

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesMadison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell leads a chant as union members protest inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US36,580

10th percentile salary: $US22,310

90th percentile salary: $US70,270

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US75,180

10th percentile salary: $US46,270

90th percentile salary: $US101,420


Wyoming

Firefighters

Median annual salary: $US43,430

10th percentile salary: $US28,670

90th percentile salary: $US64,330

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

Median annual salary: $US69,220

10th percentile salary: $US52,150

90th percentile salary: $US95,550

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