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Highest Paying States and Metropolises for Firefighters

Highest Paying States and Metropolises for Firefighters

Kendra Weikman | FireLink.com

Firefighters control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. The following estimates are a guide to help you navigate, state by state, the fire and rescue employment gauntlet.







Top Five Best-Paying Firefighting Jobs By State

(*These stats are based off of mean salaries ending in the year 2009)

State

Hourly Mean Wage

1.

New Jersey

$34.53

2.

California

$32.19

3.

Washington

$30.27

4.

New York

$28.56

5.

Nevada

$27.04


Top Paying Industries for Fire Rescue


State

Hourly Mean Wage

1.

Computer Systems Design and Related Services

$30.57

2.

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools

$28.18

3.

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

$26.59

4.

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing

$25.19

5.

Facilities Support Services

$24.77


Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Fire & Rescue

Metropolitan

Hourly Mean Wage

1.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division

$44.18

2.

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

$41.82

3.

Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division

$38.62

4.

Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division

$37.21

5.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

$35.11


States with the Highest Concentration of Firefighters

State

Employment

1.

Ohio

19,480

2.

Massachusetts

11,850

3.

Rhode Island

1,640

4.

Alaska

1,060

5.

Washington

9,400



Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections; the Labor Market Information Office within the State Employment Security Agency