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Working as a Fire Investigation Lieutenant

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a fire investigation lieutenant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $33.35 an hour? That's $69,366 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 8% and produce 1,300 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Fire Investigation Lieutenant Do

There are certain skills that many fire investigation lieutenants 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 empathy, physical stamina and good judgment.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a fire investigation lieutenant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 22.5% of fire investigation lieutenants included law enforcement, while 13.5% of resumes included criminal activity, and 6.8% of resumes included disciplinary actions. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Fire Investigation Lieutenant

If you're interested in becoming a fire investigation lieutenant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 56.8% of fire investigation lieutenants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 10.8% of fire investigation lieutenants have master's degrees. Even though most fire investigation lieutenants 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 investigation lieutenant. When we researched the most common majors for a fire investigation lieutenant, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on fire investigation lieutenant resumes include master's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a fire investigation lieutenant. In fact, many fire investigation lieutenant jobs require experience in a role such as sergeant. Meanwhile, many fire investigation lieutenants also have previous career experience in roles such as police officer or patrol officer.

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Average Salary$69,366
Job Growth Rate8%

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Average Salary for a Fire Investigation Lieutenant

Fire Investigation Lieutenants in America make an average salary of $69,366 per year or $33 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $117,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $40,000 per year.
Average Salary
$69,366

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Lieutenant, Investigations
Lieutenant, Investigations
Geo Group Inc.
Geo Group Inc.
08/12/2020
08/12/2020
$55,00008/12/2020
$55,000
Lieutenant, Investigations
Lieutenant, Investigations
Geo Group Inc.
Geo Group Inc.
06/13/2020
06/13/2020
$55,00006/13/2020
$55,000
Lieutenant, Investigations
Lieutenant, Investigations
Geo Group Inc.
Geo Group Inc.
04/15/2020
04/15/2020
$55,00004/15/2020
$55,000
Fire Investigation Lieutenant
Fire Investigation Lieutenant
Geo Group Inc.
Geo Group Inc.
10/18/2019
10/18/2019
$54,00010/18/2019
$54,000
Fire Investigation Lieutenant
Fire Investigation Lieutenant
Geo Group Inc.
Geo Group Inc.
06/26/2019
06/26/2019
$54,00006/26/2019
$54,000

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Fire Investigation Lieutenant Demographics

Gender

male

84.0%

female

13.6%

unknown

2.4%

Ethnicity

White

72.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

7.7%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%
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Fire Investigation Lieutenant Education

Degrees

Bachelors

56.8%

Associate

13.5%

Masters

10.8%

Top Colleges for Fire Investigation Lieutenants

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Tuition and fees
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

2. University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Tuition and fees
$58,230
Enrollment
6,600

3. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

Tuition and fees
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

4. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

Tuition and fees
$10,610
Enrollment
40,329

5. California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Tuition and fees
$6,798
Enrollment
31,503

6. USF Sarasota-Manatee

Sarasota, FL

Tuition and fees
$5,587
Enrollment
1,834

7. Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Tuition and fees
$51,522
Enrollment
13,760

8. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

Tuition and fees
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Tuition and fees
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Tuition and fees
$5,656
Enrollment
32,072
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Top Skills For a Fire Investigation Lieutenant

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, 22.5% of fire investigation lieutenants listed law enforcement on their resume, but soft skills such as empathy and physical stamina are important as well.

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Top Fire Investigation Lieutenant Employers

1. Pico de Gallo
3.5
Avg. Salary: 
$41,232
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
2+
2. Columbia University
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$52,740
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
1+
3. Geo Group
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$42,068
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
1+
4. Management and Training
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$46,236
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
1+
5. Douglas County
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$43,850
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
1+
6. St. Michaels Hospital
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$51,565
Fire Investigation Lieutenants Hired: 
1+

Recently Added Fire Investigation Lieutenant Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020