As citizens run from disasters, Arizona's bravest rush in, earning their keep by saving lives from burning buildings and mangled wrecks on the interstate. Fire fighters are often the first to arrive on a disaster scene and need to use their keen sense of survival to make life and death decisions on behalf of the public.
The average salary of a fire fighter in Arizona is $41,000, according to CareerBuilder.com. The job listing website says the range for fire fighters in Arizona is from $29,612 to $56,444.
National Average Comparison
The national average is slightly higher, coming in at $45,145, according to CareerBuilder.com. Similarly, wage reporting website Salary.com places the average national range for firefighters between $30,981 and $51,635.
To advance as a firefighter, candidates will need more than just seniority. Even though the basic requirement for many departments is a high school diploma plus a physical test, increasingly, fire-fighting departments are requiring a minimum of a bachelor's degree for advanced positions, such as deputy chief and chief, says the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
The fire fighting profession is expected to see major growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fire fighting is predicted to expand by 19 percent by the year 2018. However, the Bureau says the growth will be split by a combination of growing communities and a conversion of existing volunteer positions to paid positions.