Firefighters are among the first on the scene in any emergency, and the amount their paid varies from state to state.
Every year, the Bureau of Labour Statistics releases a comprehensive set of statistics on employment by occupation in the United States. Using the most recent set of statistics, reflecting employment and wages in May 2014, we made a map showing the median annual salary for firefighters in each state:
Firefighters in New York and New Jersey are paid much more than their peers elsewhere, with salaries over $US80,000 per year.
Here’s a table showing the May 2014 median annual wage for firefighters in each state: