Average Salary of a Fire Technician

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    National Salaries

    • The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics includes fire technicians among the fire inspectors and investigators who do similar tasks. According to a 2009 report by the bureau, fire technicians made a mean hourly wage of $27.07, for a mean annual wage of $56,310. The middle 50% of fire technicians in the U.S. made between $41,570 and $69,010.

    Best Locations

    • Wages for fire technicians varied according to the region where they were employed. According to the bureau, the five top-paying states for fire technicians were California, Washington, Nevada, District of Columbia and Oregon. The top-paying state, California, paid a mean wage of $83,990. Oregon, the fifth top-payer, paid an average of $71,220. The states that hired the most fire technicians per capita were New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina, Connecticut and New Mexico, but none of those states made it onto the list of highest-paying states.

    Best Employers

    • The highest-paying industry for fire technicians was insurance carriers, which uses the expertise of fire technicians to set premium rates and investigate fraud cases. Fire technicians working for these employers made an annual mean wage of $71,400. Other top-paying industries included technical consulting services, security consultants, investigation services, local governments and institutes of higher education. The employers who hired the most fire technicians included local and state governments, investigation services, higher education and support service firms. Local governments, higher education and investigation services are on both lists, making these excellent industries in terms of both salary and opportunity.

    Job Outlook

    • The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that fire safety jobs will increase by 9 percent between 2008 and 2018. This is just slightly slower than the 11 percent growth predicted for U.S. jobs as a whole. This rate of growth represents a balance between growing population and a subsequent need for more fire professionals on one side, and escalating budget crises for the states and municipalities that hire fire technicians.

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