Known for their bravery to burst into a burning building as occupants flee, fire fighters earn their keep by protecting lives and property from ruin. Fire fighters place their lives on the line every time a call comes into the station performing dangerous feats from rescuing passengers from a burning car to fighting wildfires.
The average annual salary for a fire fighter working in Dallas, Texas, is $44,184 according to CareerBuilder.com. The job listing website says the average salary range is from $31,911 to $60,826.
Compared to National and State Salary Averages
The average pay for a fire fighter in Dallas is better than the state average for firefighters. The state average salary for firefighters is $40,505; the national average is $45,145 according to CareerBuilder.com. Salary.com places the national fire fighter salary slightly lower at $41,308.
Fire fighters receive more than their base salary as compensation for their work. According to Salary.com, healthcare, pension plans and time off are part of the overall wage for fire fighters. The website says the annual value breakdown for healthcare is $6,507; pension is $2,644; 401k contributions average $1,570 and time off is $5,084.
The outlook for fire fighter employment is better than that of most jobs through the year 2018, as the field is expected to grow by 19 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau cautions that competition for a fire fighter job will be fierce, as more people are expected to enter the profession. Also, many of the new jobs will come about as current volunteer positions are converted to pay positions, a growing trend in the field.