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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a fire captain. For example, did you know that they make an average of $34.72 an hour? That's $72,222 a year!

What Does a Fire Captain Do

There are certain skills that many fire captains have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed creativity, problem-solving skills and communication skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a fire captain, we found that a lot of resumes listed 17.4% of fire captains included emergency, while 8.0% of resumes included safe operation, and 6.2% of resumes included fire prevention. 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 fire captain job title. But what industry to start with? Most fire captains actually find jobs in the government and technology industries.

How To Become a Fire Captain

If you're interested in becoming a fire captain, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 29.3% of fire captains have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 6.9% of fire captains have master's degrees. Even though some fire captains 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 fire captain. When we researched the most common majors for a fire captain, we found that they most commonly earn associate degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on fire captain resumes include high school diploma degrees or master's degree degrees.

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

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Average Salary$72,222
Job Growth Rate5%

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Average Salary for a Fire Captain

Fire Captains in America make an average salary of $72,222 per year or $35 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $90,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $57,000 per year.
Average Salary
$72,222

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Fire Captain
Fire Captain
City of Coconut Creek
City of Coconut Creek
01/27/2021
01/27/2021
$74,03101/27/2021
$74,031
Internal Margate Only-Fire Captain
Internal Margate Only-Fire Captain
City of Coconut Creek
City of Coconut Creek
12/27/2020
12/27/2020
$74,03112/27/2020
$74,031
Fire Captain, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Fire Captain, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting
Sacramento County
Sacramento County
10/21/2020
10/21/2020
$87,69610/21/2020
$87,696
Fire Company Captain
Fire Company Captain
Polk County
Polk County
04/29/2020
04/29/2020
$53,49304/29/2020
$53,493
Fire Captain-City of
Fire Captain-City of
City of Porterville
City of Porterville
03/10/2020
03/10/2020
$66,48003/10/2020
$66,480

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Fire Captain Demographics

Gender

male

90.3 %

female

6.5 %

unknown

3.2 %

Ethnicity

White

82.8 %

Hispanic or Latino

6.8 %

Black or African American

5.9 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9 %

Carrier

14.3 %

Filipino

14.3 %
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Fire Captain Education

Degrees

Associate

31.5 %

Bachelors

29.3 %

High School Diploma

16.8 %

Top Colleges for Fire Captains

1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

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

2. University of Florida

Gainesville, FL • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,381
Enrollment
34,564

3. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, NE • Public

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

4. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

5. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH • Public

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

6. Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA • Private

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

7. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

8. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville, TN • Public

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

9. Siena Heights University

Adrian, MI • Private

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

10. University of Akron

Akron, OH • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,463
Enrollment
13,676
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Top Skills For a Fire Captain

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 17.4% of fire captains listed emergency on their resume, but soft skills such as creativity and problem-solving skills are important as well.

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Top Fire Captain Employers

1. Los Angeles Fire Department
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$36,457
Fire Captains Hired: 
7+
2. United States Department of Defense
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$37,956
Fire Captains Hired: 
4+
3. United States Navy
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$47,334
Fire Captains Hired: 
4+
4. Fluor Corporation
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$84,127
Fire Captains Hired: 
3+
5. IES
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$79,941
Fire Captains Hired: 
3+
6. Fire Department
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$69,649
Fire Captains Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020