How much does a Fire Fighter make in the United States? The average Fire Fighter salary in the United States is $49,003 as of June 28, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,753 and $61,254. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Job Description for Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter is responsible for rapid response to fires, accidents, and other emergencies to protect people, property, and the environment. Works with firefighting teams to control and extinguish fires and safely manage hazardous materials that endanger the public and property. Being a Fire Fighter performs search and rescue and provides emergency medical services. Performs routine maintenance and inspection of firefighting equipment and gear to ensure proper condition and preparedness for emergencies. Additionally, Fire Fighter prepares post-incident reports as required. May participate in fire safety education and inspection activities. Typically is required to pass periodic physical ability tests. May require an associate degree in fire science or equivalent. Requires Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification. Typically reports to a supervisor. The Fire Fighter independently performs a wide range of complex duties under general guidance from supervisors. Has gained full proficiency in a broad range of activities related to the job. To be a Fire Fighter typically requires 5-7 years of related experience. (Copyright 2022 View full job description

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