Firefighters

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2019 Workforce
333k
Average Age
38.7
Estimated Job Growth
7.21%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$72,976
Average Male Salary
$73,464
Average Female Salary
$61,707

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Firefighters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Justice, public order, & safety activities is the industry that employs the most Firefighters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Firefighters, by average wage, is Justice, public order, & safety activities . Firefighters are paid most in Perris City, Temescal Valley & Mead Valley PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Huntsville City (Far West & Southwest) PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$72,976
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,865

In 2019, Firefighters earned an average of $72,976, $17,452 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Fundraisers make somewhat more than Firefighters while Landscape architects make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Firefighters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.274
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Firefighters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Firefighters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Firefighters.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Firefighters.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Firefighters, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Executive offices & legislative bodies, and Forestry except logging.

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Industries by Share

333k
2019 Workforce
± 14,146
9.59%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.62%

The number of people employed as Firefighters has been growing at a rate of 9.59%, from 303,594 people in 2018 to 332,722 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Firefighters employed by various industries. Justice, public order, & safety activities employs the largest share of Firefighters at  91.4%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 1.42% and Forestry except logging with 1.35%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Firefighters in the US. The average age of male Firefighters in the workforce is 38.8 and of female Firefighters is 37.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Firefighters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

319k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 13,850
13.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,885

95.8% of Firefighters are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Firefighters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Firefighters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

79.9% of Firefighters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.8% of Firefighters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Firefighters.

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Age by Gender

38.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.474
37.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.23

The median age of Firefighters is 38.7, and Male employees are generally 0.868 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Firefighters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Firefighters is Business but a relatively high number of Firefighters hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Firefighters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Firefighters need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Monitoring, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Firefighters need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Firefighters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Firefighters are expected to see a growth of 7.21% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

7.21%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Firefighters. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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