Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

33-2011 Fire Fighters

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster management.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
305,500 1.2 % $22.72 $47,270 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.05 $15.38 $21.66 $28.68 $35.76
Annual Wage (2) $22,990 $32,000 $45,050 $59,650 $74,390


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local Government (OES Designation) 279,530 $23.01 $47,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,780 $23.15 $48,150
Other Support Services 7,880 $14.09 $29,320
State Government (OES Designation) 5,900 $20.27 $42,150
Facilities Support Services 970 $24.77 $51,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 50 $30.57 $63,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 140 $28.18 $58,600
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 $26.59 $55,310
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 260 $25.19 $52,400
Facilities Support Services 970 $24.77 $51,520


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Ohio 19,480 $19.79 $41,160 3.826
Massachusetts 11,850 $23.15 $48,140 3.740
Rhode Island 1,640 $24.23 $50,400 3.569
Alaska 1,060 $23.19 $48,230 3.438
Washington 9,400 $30.27 $62,950 3.369

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Jersey 5,360 $34.53 $71,810 1.392
California 34,940 $32.19 $66,950 2.404
Washington 9,400 $30.27 $62,950 3.369
New York 13,320 $28.56 $59,400 1.569
Nevada 2,030 $27.04 $56,250 1.722


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 440 $16.83 $35,000 9.569
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 300 $19.25 $40,050 7.175
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 550 $29.63 $61,630 6.809
Palm Coast, FL 110 (8) (8) 6.674
Port St. Lucie, FL 730 $24.12 $50,170 6.076

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,010 $44.18 $91,890 2.022
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 160 $41.82 $86,990 1.338
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,630 $38.62 $80,330 1.672
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 $37.21 $77,390 1.932
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,680 $35.11 $73,020 1.894


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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