Top 25 Cities for Firefighters
Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink
May 13, 2011
#6. Seattle, WA
Average Salary: $49,890
Firefighter Salary: $59,000
Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 79
Average Commute Time: 25.7 minutes
Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 34
Unemployment Rate: 8.7
This is your only chance to make great money while potentially putting out a Space Needle blaze. The home to many prominent corporate headquarters — including those of Boeing, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft and Amazon.com — Seattle is Washington state’s largest city and the region’s major economic, cultural and educational center. While the cost of living is a little on the high side, our #6 city has a particularly promising job outlook in alternative energy development and software engineering along with high paying fire jobs.
Bonus fun fact: Seattle buys more sunglasses per capita than any city in the US.