How Much Do Fire Investigators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Fire Investigators

Fire Investigators conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$67680 per year
Hourly wage
$33 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$39,860 to $50,230 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $24 per hour

Entry-level Fire Investigators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $39,860 to $50,230 per year or $19 to $24 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fire Investigators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $48 $100,780
Senior (Top 25%) $39 $81,800
Middle (Mid 50%) $31 $64,610
Junior (Bottom 25%) $24 $50,230
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $39,860

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $53 $109,850
ID $50 $103,310
OR $48 $99,630
WA $46 $96,660
NV $44 $90,550
CT $37 $77,970
CO $37 $77,920
MN $37 $76,020
MI $35 $72,520
MA $34 $70,960

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fire Investigator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fire Investigators are in the states of CA, ID, OR, WA and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $101000 $48.56
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $76360 $36.71
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $71970 $34.60
Local Government $69010 $33.18
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $68580 $32.97
State Government $63530 $30.54
Building Equipment Contractors $61900 $29.76
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $57900 $27.84
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $55040 $26.46
Other Support Services $52140 $25.07

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