How Much Do Forest Firefighters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Forest Firefighters

Forest Firefighters control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

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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
$56360 per year
Hourly wage
$27 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,940 to $35,850 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Forest Firefighters with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,940 to $35,850 per year or $13 to $17 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 Forest Firefighters 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%) $45 $93,790
Senior (Top 25%) $34 $70,870
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $52,500
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $35,850
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,940

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $42 $86,880
CA $42 $86,860
WA $37 $77,700
NY $37 $77,380
HI $33 $68,590
CT $33 $67,630
MA $31 $65,310
MD $31 $64,490
NV $31 $64,410
OR $31 $63,680

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Forest Firefighters are in the states of NJ, CA, WA, NY and HI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Spectator Sports $70360 $33.83
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $64060 $30.80
Ship and Boat Building $59130 $28.43
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $59000 $28.36
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $58840 $28.29
Facilities Support Services $58420 $28.08
Local Government $57490 $27.64
Support Activities for Air Transportation $55100 $26.49
Federal Executive Branch $54970 $26.43
State Government $54670 $26.28
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $52970 $25.47
Scientific Research and Development Services $50410 $24.24
Chemical Manufacturing $48140 $23.15
Elementary and Secondary Schools $44110 $21.21
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $43420 $20.87
Support Activities for Mining $42710 $20.54
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $40590 $19.51
Investigation and Security Services $40420 $19.43
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $38780 $18.64
Other Support Services $37020 $17.80

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