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    Southeast (City that shall remain anonymous) GA FF/First Responder, 24/48's, we earn around 6 hrs PTO every two wks depending on our years with the city. Our sick time, vacation time and any misc. PTO is out of the same bank, and there is a cap of 240 hrs per year, if you don't use it you lose it.

    Entry level Firefighter/First Responders make 30k a year, Lt.'s make 34k a year and Captains only about 40k per year. We get paid crap.

    BUT!!! If we did it for the money we would be kidding ourselves.

    Oh, and we are about 32-34 line personnel and 3 admin.


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    My starting base is $36,500 at a Metro ATL dept. 11 paid holidays and 1 kelly day every quarter.

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    start pay $35500. Busy metro atlanta fire dept. After recruit school, completing emt-i, then straight to EMT-P all provided by the dept (we call it zero to hero!) you will be at $43,500. all school takes roughly about 2 years.
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    Just under $9hr or 27k a year as a FF/Basic in the mid south. 69 staff all career, non union. No yearly raises or anything like that.
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    I just retired at the end of January, after 35 plus years and I was making 13,048 a month as a Division Chief-2, aka Deputy Chief for a department, inside the beltway in Northern Virginia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigg902004 View Post
    I work for a large fire dept in FL and only make 1,200 a month after ins. thats to feed a family of 5.
    huh? a large dept in FL? $1200 after insurance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Want2BAFF. View Post
    huh? a large dept in FL? $1200 after insurance?

    That's roughly $30k a year, not unheard of. Most places are cutting starting pay by 20% so, making 30-35k will probably be the norm for a long time. The days of starting out at 50k a year are over for a long time.
    If your going to cry about doing the job you signed up for do us all a favor and quit, there are plenty of dedicated people standing in line for the best job in the world.

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    I'd certainly expect that from a small dept in FL, but not really a large one. But you would know better than I, so if they're cutting back starting salaries up to 20% in FL, $30k is certainly reasonable.


    Quote Originally Posted by Firemedic 61 View Post
    That's roughly $30k a year, not unheard of. Most places are cutting starting pay by 20% so, making 30-35k will probably be the norm for a long time. The days of starting out at 50k a year are over for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    I just retired at the end of January, after 35 plus years and I was making 13,048 a month as a Division Chief-2, aka Deputy Chief for a department, outside the beltway in Northern Virginia.
    Congrats on your retirement!
    Just figured out what that was annually... nice!
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    Just a FF. $83k base. Add ons, and OT $100k-ish.

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    ^^^ good grief! are you up north, out west, or south fl?

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    Some overseas perspectives,

    Here in Australia, I will give some general comparisons,

    !9 years in the job, rank equivalent not sure of, possibly lt to capt.


    Base wage of 95K, work 10/14 roster (4 on and off).

    ( a 4 year f/f approx $58K)

    Superannuation of 8.4 times final salary after 30 years with contributions of 7 % of wage during that time,

    63 days annual leave a year but have to work public holidays as per roster.
    15 sick leave days a year, presume same as kelly days?

    After ten years service get approx 10 weeks long service leave.

    Plenty of OT if required.

    Cost of living from the forum seems to be higher here, average house 40 miles from capital city is around $450 K, if you got inner city say 5 miles around 900 K.

    Hope that gives you an insight, enjoying the forums so far, not much like this here.

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    Firefighter: $60,000

    14 years exp.
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    62k starting...Interior Alaska

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    FF/PM South Central Alaska- 66k base

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    FF/EMT-B in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. Five years on, about $84,000 gross.

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    FF in NYC 8 yrs OTJ. I believe our base is around 80k. with about 300hrs OT, awaiting relief, night shift differential, etc I made about 120k last year.

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    Small Dept in South Central NJ

    FF/EMT-B Starting: $49,400.00 7 Step Program, Topside is $66,900.00

    Lieutenant Starting: $63,960.00 5 Step, Topside is $77,710.00

    Captain Starting: $72,020.00 3 Step, Topside is $82,680.00

    Deputy Chief Starting: $91,000.00 3 Step, Topside is $101,400.00

    Chief of Department: Salary negotiated at appointment by city, current chief is $122,200.00

    24 On, 72 Off No Kelly Days. OT is available moderately for firefighters, a little harder to find for Lieutenants and up.

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    I start in January at a dept in Indianapolis. With an associates degree and military experience, I will start at $39000.

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    The pay scale in South Carolina is the primary reason I am a volunteer fire fighter and not on a paid department. My current job pays way better even at entry level than most seasoned firefighters make around this area. They even moved me to the fire protection group at work working with the fire protection engineers and fire protection sysytems because they know that is where my true passion lies. I could have moved to fire department for my work area but they really do not fight fires. If SC paid their firefighters any kind of competitive wages I know alot more of my friends would not be fighting fires in other states as they do now and make their living here instead. Just my opinion though and of course I can elaborate on anything I said if more is needed.
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