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    I work for chattanooga fire dept. Begining salary out of the acadamy is 27,500
    I've been in the dept for almost 5 years and I make 30,500 thats with 4 kelly days a year.


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    Work at Plant 42/Palmdale Airport Fire Department. Pay is about 61k per year. OT is a given, and I will get a minimum of 13k for the year. We also get a 3 or 4% raise every Aug to keep with inflation. We work a 2 on 4 off schedule, and also get 6 days of holiday leave every year. Whatever is left over from the Holiday leave, is paid out in full. Finally, AL and SL that goes above 240 hours each, is paid out. We have guys that get 28 hours payfrom AL and around 8 or 9 hours pay for SL every month.

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    I've made the exact same pay my whole life - just barely enough to pay the bills!
    I am a complacent liability to the fire service

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    We do very well! All things considerd - contract, benefits, holiday pay, health, retirement plan, 42 hour week, all the overtime you want. We are at the top of our state but very close to a few other prosperous depts. And our state is near the top of the country. Life is good!
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    I feel that's a personel question only discussed in private. Not thrown out for everyone to see. Work schedule, manning, other things sure. But I feel this isn't info you should throw out there.
    The Firehouse magazine run survey has that info included. Look there.

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    I make peanuts.....a bit more that Sh*t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    I feel that's a personel question only discussed in private. Not thrown out for everyone to see. Work schedule, manning, other things sure. But I feel this isn't info you should throw out there.
    The Firehouse magazine run survey has that info included. Look there.

    It's a matter of public record... any schmuck can got to city or town hall and request the information under the freedom of information act.

    One year, the local rag published the "top ten" of all city departments. I was asked if I was ticked off about seeing it in the paper.. and I said yes...

    "my name wasn't there!"
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    You got that right Gonzo. Every year here the local rag lists everybody by name in the dept, who makes more than $100,000 by going to the public records section. I finally made the list this year after twenty years here by just $3000 due to sell back of vacation and a little OT.

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    Outside of Chicago

    Base FF/PM pay 51K and top out in 4 years 80,200
    Lt 80,300 top 90K

    with 10-11 kellys depending on cycle and vac days depending on years of service

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    Lightbulb Alabama Here

    Well just started here in Birmingham. Starting salary $27,600. Graduated recruit school and got 5% for being medic. City is working on 15% raise to phase in over 3 years. Around 110/month for family health and dental. Work 24/48 with every 13th shift being kelly day.

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    they list all city employee salaries by grouping in the paper once a year here. People dont know exactly what u make, but they get a ball park figure for everyone.

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    Default Alaskan RSQ GUY

    We make 52,000 base starting out add ons of 7% for Medic, 3% for Dive, 3% for Investigation. We also get an additional 22 hours every 3rd pay week for fsla.
    You get 3% each year for Cost of Living, 2% for longevity.
    Avg guy gets about 400 hours of OT a year somewhere in the neighbor hood of around 15k. We make 1.85 times our normal rate when getting overtime. Our work schedule is 24 hour shifts. we work a 4 day set with days off inbetween. After the 4th day we get 4 days off. We do the same set schedule again only after the 4day of work we get 6 days off.
    We get 6.8 hours of sick leave per pay period ( every 2 weeks) and that is set for your carrer. You can cash out your sick leave when you retire. Most guys have in the neighbor hood of 2-3,000 hours when they retire. annual starts at 12 hours per pay period and increases each year. Currently my captian get over 20 hours per pay period. We have to use a min of 116 hours a year with no cap on how much we use. Some guys take the entire summer off each year without using trades. The average house is 140K that is 3b 2bath 1600 sqft.

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    How much do I make...Not enough to keep me in the Federal Fire Service much longer, at least not the Navy!!

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    Career department, 2300 firefighters, 66 stations.

    2006 figures (Canadian $$ / 4 shift 42h work week)
    1st Class Firefighter (54+ months of service): $61,802
    Lieutenant: $67,983
    Captain: $74,163

    Seniority Bonus (after 5yrs): 2.8%
    First Responder Bonus: $1500 a year, $1.10 an hour extra

    79.5h of sick leave a year.
    13 legal days, 8 paid 5 taken as extra weeks vacation

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    I make about $50,000 year. I'm a probi still. We have a 56 hour work week. We get paid well for the area.

    Great union local that's for sure. The police in the city are always bitching and complaining.

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    Talking No complaints

    Ocean City NJ

    13 yrs on, rank of Captain $100,000+ (includes 5% longevity, holiday pay 188 hours, EMT stipend $3700, FLSA payments and a little OT)

    13 vac days
    15 sick days
    full healthcare (including family)
    25 yrs with city gets you healthcare for life
    Pension 25 yrs = 65% 1 % per yr til 30 yrs = 70 % of pensionable salary
    Cost of living increases for pension
    Sick leave buyout at retirement averages between $30,000 and $40,000
    3 platoon system - Fairfax schedule with a FLSA payment over 18 days that totals $260 per cycle.

    Wouldn't change dept's....live at the shore in a resort community. Great job!!!

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    14 Years on the Job Suburban Chicago Dept.

    Lieutenant $83,500

    24/48 Schedule
    6 Personal Days per year
    6 Sick Days per Year
    1-5 Years 5 Vacation days
    5-10 Years 7 Vacation days
    After 10 years 9 Vacation days
    After 15 years, 11 Vacation days

    Free Health Insurance
    Dental

    Unlimited Trades
    No minimum time for trades

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    Northwest Indiana

    Firefighter/Paramedic

    4 Years seniority

    Base salary 1st Class Firefighter $39,516

    Paramedic pay $3,600

    Union, insurance benefits, PERF pension

    6 Vacation days ( increases with seniority )
    3 Holidays
    4 Personal days
    2 Perfect attendance days ( per year if no call offs previous year )

    Grand total = 15 shifts off per year ( for my seniority )

    Trade time allowed but cannot bank more than 24 hours at any time

    24/48 schedule, no Kelly days. FLSA payment.


    Wow lots of guys on here from chicago area on here !! Looking at those salaries and benefits in the suburbs....I need to jump the state line !!
    Last edited by Fireguy1979; 04-28-2007 at 03:17 PM. Reason: forgot some info

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    3rd year as Fire Inspector for a municipality served by volunteer departments. Earning 43,000 this year. Get a 4% increase in wages every year. Full benefits package. 15 vacation days; 4 personal days; 15 sick days. Sate = Pennsylvania

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    Just when you thought you had it bad......

    I've been a career firefighter 7 years, Firefighter II/ Engineer, $27,900.

    Starting salary - $19,100.00

    Within the past two years, I got a .5% pay raise after a pay study was done. Then a 3% COLA raise a year later.

    Taxes went up 8%, home insurance 700%, health Insurance increased to $485.00/month.
    Last edited by JAXFF7086; 04-30-2007 at 10:03 PM.

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