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Working as a Fire Officer

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a fire officer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $20.64 an hour? That's $42,922 a year!

What Does a Fire Officer Do

There are certain skills that many fire officers 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 communication skills, detail oriented and physical strength.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a fire officer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.6% of fire officers included incident command system, while 10.6% of resumes included emergency, and 10.4% of resumes included fire safety. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Fire Officer

If you're interested in becoming a fire officer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 54.5% of fire officers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 21.1% of fire officers have master's degrees. Even though most fire officers 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 officer. When we researched the most common majors for a fire officer, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on fire officer resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a fire officer. In fact, many fire officer jobs require experience in a role such as platoon leader. Meanwhile, many fire officers also have previous career experience in roles such as executive officer or security officer.

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Average Salary$42,922
Job Growth Rate8%

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Average Salary for a Fire Officer

Fire Officers in America make an average salary of $42,922 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $59,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $31,000 per year.
Average Salary
$42,922

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Fairbanks, AK
Salary Range71k - 89k$80k$80,199
Killeen, TX
Salary Range45k - 72k$57k$57,329
Granite City, IL
Salary Range42k - 70k$55k$55,103
Indianapolis, IN
Salary Range35k - 58k$46k$45,768
Dearborn, MI
Salary Range32k - 52k$41k$41,270
$32k
$89k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Security Fire Officer
Security Fire Officer
Allied Universal Security
Allied Universal Security
01/23/2021
01/23/2021
$35,47901/23/2021
$35,479
Security Fire Officer
Security Fire Officer
Allied Universal
Allied Universal
01/21/2021
01/21/2021
$35,47901/21/2021
$35,479
Security Fire Officer
Security Fire Officer
Allied Universal
Allied Universal
12/15/2020
12/15/2020
$35,47912/15/2020
$35,479
Security Fire Officer
Security Fire Officer
Allied Universal Security
Allied Universal Security
12/10/2020
12/10/2020
$35,47912/10/2020
$35,479
Security Fire Officer
Security Fire Officer
Allied Universal Security
Allied Universal Security
11/12/2020
11/12/2020
$35,47911/12/2020
$35,479
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Fire Officer Demographics

Gender

male

89.7 %

female

6.7 %

unknown

3.6 %

Ethnicity

White

82.8 %

Hispanic or Latino

6.8 %

Black or African American

5.9 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.5 %

Arabic

12.9 %

Portuguese

9.7 %
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Fire Officer Education

Degrees

Bachelors

54.5 %

Masters

21.1 %

Associate

9.4 %

Top Colleges for Fire Officers

1. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, NE • Public

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

2. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

3. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH • Public

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

4. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

5. Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA • Private

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

6. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

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

7. SUNY Farmingdale

Farmingdale, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,306
Enrollment
9,394

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. California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,749
Enrollment
24,163
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Top Skills For a Fire Officer

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, 12.6% of fire officers listed incident command system on their resume, but soft skills such as communication skills and detail oriented are important as well.

  • Incident Command System, 12.6%
  • Emergency, 10.6%
  • Fire Safety, 10.4%
  • Procedures, 7.7%
  • CPR, 5.4%
  • Other Skills, 53.3%
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Best States For a Fire Officer

1. Delaware

Total Fire Officer Jobs:
3
Highest 10% Earn:
$110,000
Location Quotient:
1.37
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. South Dakota

Total Fire Officer Jobs:
5
Highest 10% Earn:
$93,000
Location Quotient:
3.11
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Nevada

Total Fire Officer Jobs:
3
Highest 10% Earn:
$118,000
Location Quotient:
0.63
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Fire Officer Employers

1. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$41,043
Fire Officers Hired: 
336+
2. Allied Universal
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$34,899
Fire Officers Hired: 
23+
3. United States Marine
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$41,654
Fire Officers Hired: 
15+
4. G4S
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$39,146
Fire Officers Hired: 
7+
5. G4S Secure Solutions
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$34,985
Fire Officers Hired: 
7+
6. United States Department of Defense
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$42,340
Fire Officers Hired: 
5+
Updated October 2, 2020