Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

33-2011 Firefighters

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 assistance.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
302,400 1.0 % $22.95 $47,730 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.08 $15.38 $21.76 $28.80 $36.25
Annual Wage (2) $23,050 $31,990 $45,250 $59,900 $75,390


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 275,650 4.93 $23.25 $48,370
Other Support Services 9,130 3.31 $14.44 $30,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,780 0.43 $23.55 $48,990
State Government (OES Designation) 5,980 0.26 $20.62 $42,880
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 350 0.14 $19.63 $40,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 275,650 4.93 $23.25 $48,370
Other Support Services 9,130 3.31 $14.44 $30,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,780 0.43 $23.55 $48,990
State Government (OES Designation) 5,980 0.26 $20.62 $42,880
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 350 0.14 $19.63 $40,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 110 0.01 $32.65 $67,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $28.03 $58,300
Facilities Support Services (8) (8) $25.93 $53,940
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $25.62 $53,290
Postal Service 60 0.01 $24.86 $51,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 33,100 2.36 0.99 $33.59 $69,880
Florida 23,460 3.30 1.39 $24.04 $50,010
Texas 23,280 2.31 0.97 $21.60 $44,930
Ohio 19,900 4.04 1.70 $20.36 $42,350
Illinois 17,240 3.12 1.31 $24.04 $50,000




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 19,900 4.04 1.70 $20.36 $42,350
Rhode Island 1,710 3.82 1.61 $24.15 $50,230
Maine 2,140 3.71 1.56 $15.19 $31,590
Massachusetts 11,440 3.67 1.54 $23.41 $48,690
Florida 23,460 3.30 1.39 $24.04 $50,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 5,500 1.46 0.61 $34.29 $71,310
California 33,100 2.36 0.99 $33.59 $69,880
Washington 8,380 3.11 1.31 $29.77 $61,920
New York 14,020 1.68 0.71 $28.86 $60,040
Nevada 1,840 1.65 0.69 $27.99 $58,210

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 11,190 3.16 1.33 $27.58 $57,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,450 1.95 0.82 $45.68 $95,000
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 5,830 6.02 2.53 $23.32 $48,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,140 3.10 1.30 $24.86 $51,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,880 2.22 0.93 $18.49 $38,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,690 2.34 0.99 $23.52 $48,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,080 1.64 0.69 $19.94 $41,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,680 2.19 0.92 $24.09 $50,100
Columbus, OH 3,490 3.94 1.66 $22.11 $45,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,340 1.46 0.61 $28.22 $58,700




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 360 8.18 3.44 $16.75 $34,840
Port St. Lucie, FL 800 6.78 2.85 $26.90 $55,960
San Angelo, TX 280 6.55 2.75 $21.53 $44,780
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 5,830 6.02 2.53 $23.32 $48,510
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 280 5.86 2.46 $23.30 $48,460
Anderson, IN 210 5.57 2.34 $18.05 $37,540
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 380 5.52 2.32 $17.63 $36,660
Flagstaff, AZ 300 5.38 2.26 $17.41 $36,220
Gadsden, AL 180 5.34 2.25 $17.25 $35,870
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 210 5.16 2.17 $18.15 $37,750




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,450 1.95 0.82 $45.68 $95,000
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 160 1.38 0.58 $42.77 $88,970
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.81 0.76 $38.16 $79,370
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,900 2.00 0.84 $36.82 $76,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,750 2.04 0.86 $35.53 $73,900
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.89 $70,490
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 320 2.38 1.00 $33.80 $70,300
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 360 4.57 1.92 $33.79 $70,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,180 2.36 0.99 $33.56 $69,810
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,930 1.40 0.59 $33.22 $69,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,450 3.82 1.61 $15.11 $31,420
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,080 4.48 1.89 $12.82 $26,660
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 990 5.40 2.27 $14.75 $30,680
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 850 3.29 1.38 $16.75 $34,850
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 810 12.67 5.33 $15.11 $31,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 810 12.67 5.33 $15.11 $31,440
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 480 11.74 4.93 $18.48 $38,430
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 620 9.83 4.13 (8) (8)
Northern Utah nonmetropolitan area 170 9.54 4.01 $14.52 $30,190
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 440 9.16 3.85 $23.99 $49,900

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 2.01 0.85 $26.44 $55,000
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 190 5.12 2.15 $25.86 $53,800
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.43 1.02 $25.72 $53,490
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.12 $52,260
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.92 $51,830


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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