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Working as a Fire Lieutenant

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a fire lieutenant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $25.21 an hour? That's $52,433 a year!

What Does a Fire Lieutenant Do

There are certain skills that many fire 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 creativity, problem-solving skills and listening skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a fire lieutenant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.3% of fire lieutenants included emergency, while 7.7% of resumes included emt, and 6.8% of resumes included fire prevention. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Fire Lieutenant

If you're interested in becoming a fire lieutenant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 29.1% of fire lieutenants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 9.1% of fire lieutenants have master's degrees. Even though some fire 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 lieutenant. When we researched the most common majors for a fire lieutenant, we found that they most commonly earn associate degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on fire lieutenant 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 lieutenant. In fact, many fire lieutenant jobs require experience in a role such as emergency medical technician. Meanwhile, many fire lieutenants also have previous career experience in roles such as firefighter/paramedic or paramedic.

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Average Salary$52,433
Job Growth Rate5%

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Average Salary for a Fire Lieutenant

Fire Lieutenants in America make an average salary of $52,433 per year or $25 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $72,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $37,000 per year.
Average Salary
$52,433

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Lieutenant
City of Coconut Creek
City of Coconut Creek
01/27/2021
01/27/2021
$68,86401/27/2021
$68,864
Internal Margate Only-Fire Lieutenant
Internal Margate Only-Fire Lieutenant
City of Coconut Creek
City of Coconut Creek
12/27/2020
12/27/2020
$68,86412/27/2020
$68,864
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Lieutenant
Cobb County Police Department
Cobb County Police Department
12/19/2020
12/19/2020
$63,12612/19/2020
$63,126
Fire Lieutenant
Fire Lieutenant
City of Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh
08/18/2020
08/18/2020
$75,49308/18/2020
$75,493

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Fire Lieutenant Demographics

Gender

male

90.5 %

female

5.3 %

unknown

4.2 %

Ethnicity

White

82.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

6.9 %

Black or African American

6.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

66.7 %

Spanish

33.3 %
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Fire Lieutenant Education

Degrees

Associate

30.9 %

Bachelors

29.1 %

High School Diploma

19.4 %

Top Colleges for Fire Lieutenants

1. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

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

2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, NE • Public

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

3. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

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. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,987
Enrollment
18,946

7. Howard University

Washington, DC • Private

In-State Tuition
$26,756
Enrollment
6,166

8. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

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

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 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, 19.3% of fire lieutenants 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 Lieutenant Employers

1. Fire Department
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$35,884
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
4+
2. Baltimore City Hall
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$39,439
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
4+
3. Pico de Gallo
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$35,137
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
3+
4. Tulare Public Works Department
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$62,537
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
3+
5. York County
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$38,760
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
2+
6. City of Clearwater, FL
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$35,459
Fire Lieutenants Hired: 
2+
Updated October 2, 2020