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    Does anyone know what the top paying cities in Texas are? I will be looking to apply in about a year and a half. I'm looking at my hometown of Abilene which after one year as a probationary firefighter you make 43k is that about average or below average for texas?


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    Check the web site every few weeks and you can see the different salaries

    http://www.tcfp.state.tx.us/employment.asp

    More then likely some of the dfw cities and San Antonio


    You have to factor in cost of living and also second job availability

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    I've heard Plano (north of Dallas) pays 52 to start and Frisco (north of Plano) pays 60ish. This is all just here-say.

    Now factor in the median home price of about 250k in those communities and it doesn't seem quite as appealing. Now, you can get homes for less but they will have to be further north or in a not so great or maybe just older neighborhood.

    DISCLAIMER: This is all just guesstimates, not solid fact. I believe it's fairly accurate. Also, the competition in this area is pretty stiff.

    http://www.ci.frisco.tx.us/departmen...Pay%20Plan.pdf

    Frisco salaries listed above, I was misinformed.
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    Do not think any of those cities have rule that you have to live in the city

    So there are plenty of places to live real nice for less

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    I have noticed that Houston FD pays a little lower than most of the departments in Texas, but they work 8 days a month instead of the usual 10. I'm sure this makes it a little easier for second jobs. I think they start out around $32,000. I also spoke to a couple Firefighters that said Houston gives a lot of overtime also. One said he made over $10K in overtime pay. The best pay I have seen was Plano at around $50K

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanTheMan_01 View Post
    I have noticed that Houston FD pays a little lower than most of the departments in Texas, but they work 8 days a month instead of the usual 10. I'm sure this makes it a little easier for second jobs. I think they start out around $32,000. I also spoke to a couple Firefighters that said Houston gives a lot of overtime also. One said he made over $10K in overtime pay. The best pay I have seen was Plano at around $50K
    They pay less because they have a few superstars working on their payroll and need to pay them more, right Johnny?
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    Allen is 51,000 yr

    Bedford is 4,100 month

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    Thanks for all the input! I know the cost of living in Abilene is pretty low and have a good median in salary compared to other depts. the only thing is that Abilene 2nd job opportunities probably aren't amazing. Thats why i am looking elsewhere at this time.

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