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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a battalion chief. For example, did you know that they make an average of $36.8 an hour? That's $76,544 a year!

What Does a Battalion Chief Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a battalion chief, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.4% of battalion chiefs included emergency, while 6.9% of resumes included procedures, and 6.8% of resumes included fire suppression. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the battalion chief job title. But what industry to start with? Most battalion chiefs actually find jobs in the government and health care industries.

How To Become a Battalion Chief

If you're interested in becoming a battalion chief, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 35.4% of battalion chiefs have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 15.1% of battalion chiefs have master's degrees. Even though most battalion chiefs have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a battalion chief. When we researched the most common majors for a battalion chief, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on battalion chief resumes include master's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a battalion chief. In fact, many battalion chief jobs require experience in a role such as emergency medical technician. Meanwhile, many battalion chiefs also have previous career experience in roles such as captain or lieutenant.

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Average Salary
$76,544
Average Salary
Job Openings
5,722
Job Openings

Battalion Chief Career Paths

Top Careers Before Battalion Chief

Captain
12.6 %

Top Careers After Battalion Chief

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Average Salary for a Battalion Chief

Battalion Chiefs in America make an average salary of $76,544 per year or $37 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $115,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $50,000 per year.
Average Salary
$76,544

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Battalion Chief (20069886)
Battalion Chief (20069886)
City of Mountain View, Ca
City of Mountain View, Ca
01/08/2021
01/08/2021
$173,47401/08/2021
$173,474
Battalion Chief 56
Battalion Chief 56
Polk County
Polk County
04/29/2020
04/29/2020
$65,05404/29/2020
$65,054
Battalion Chief Training
Battalion Chief Training
City of Pearland
City of Pearland
03/08/2020
03/08/2020
$83,99003/08/2020
$83,990
Battalion Chief
Battalion Chief
City of Tolleson
City of Tolleson
01/24/2020
01/24/2020
$85,66901/24/2020
$85,669
Battalion Chief
Battalion Chief
City of Corvallis, or
City of Corvallis, or
01/07/2020
01/07/2020
$94,17101/07/2020
$94,171

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Battalion Chief Demographics

Gender

male

90.9 %

unknown

4.6 %

female

4.5 %

Ethnicity

White

82.4 %

Hispanic or Latino

6.9 %

Black or African American

6.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.8 %

German

11.1 %

Arabic

11.1 %
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Battalion Chief Education

Degrees

Bachelors

35.4 %

Associate

27.3 %

Masters

15.1 %

Top Colleges for Battalion Chiefs

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, NE • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,242
Enrollment
20,592

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,105
Enrollment
13,729

5. Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$30,346
Enrollment
1,903

6. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville, TN • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,006
Enrollment
22,653

7. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

8. Siena Heights University

Adrian, MI • Private

In-State Tuition
$27,124
Enrollment
2,035

9. University of Akron

Akron, OH • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,463
Enrollment
13,676

10. Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$31,450
Enrollment
3,170
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Top Battalion Chief Employers

1. United States Marine
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$39,933
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
122+
2. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$39,079
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
37+
3. United States Navy
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$40,175
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
5+
4. Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$46,795
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
4+
5. CampCo
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$33,614
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
3+
6. DeKalb County Jail
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$47,240
Battalion Chiefs Hired: 
2+
Updated October 2, 2020