Firefighters go into dangerous fires to protect citizens and property. They are the first responders to fire emergencies. Fighting fires is a physical job and requires carrying heavy hoses, breaking into buildings, providing emergency medical treatment. The average annual salary for Texas firefighters is $44,490 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). PayScale.com shows a salary range from $35,454 to $54,385 for Texas firefighters. Firefighter positions will increase by 19 percent during 2008 to 2018. The BLS also shows that Texas has 22,440 firefighters statewide.
Large Texas Cities
Houston is the largest city in Texas. Firefighters have a starting salary of $21,951, a median salary of $42,017 and highest salary of $62,086 per year. In San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas. firefighters earn an average salary of $38,148. In the north center of the state, Dallas firefighters have a median salary of $41,894. Fort Worth is nearby with a median salary of $41,526. In Austin, the capital of Texas, the average salary for firefighters is $40,095 per year. At the center of the Gulf curve, Corpus Christi pays firefighters an average salary of $38,317. To the northwest, in an area called the Texas panhandle, El Paso has a median salary of $37,012 for firefighters.
The annual salary for firefighters in Addison is $41,894 a year. Sugarland is just south of Houston and pays firefighters $42,017. San Marcos is a college town north of San Antonio with fire fighters earning $35,844 a year. New Braunfels is close to the capital of Austin. Fire fighters there earn $36,799 a year.
Waco pays fire fighters $35,852 a year. In Wichita Falls firefighters earn an annual salary of $37,631. Just north of Dallas, Plano firefighters earn $41,894 a year.
Training and Education Level
As firefighters receive on the job training, they are required only to have a high school diploma. Having an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in fire science or fire engineering, a candidate will have more job possibilities. PayScale lists a starting salary of $27,200 for a firefighter. With an Associate Degree in Fire Science, the starting salary is $35,000. When entering a large fire department, local training will be part of the orientation. Depending on the location, courses may include techniques, prevention, local building codes, medical procedures and hazardous material.