How Much Does a Basic Firefighter Make in Texas?

About 22,440 Texan firefighters worked to save lives and stop fires in 2009.
About 22,440 Texan firefighters worked to save lives and stop fires in 2009. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Firefighters respond to emergency situations at any time of the day or night. It's no exaggeration to say they put their lives on the line to save the lives of others, though they're trained in fire safety to minimize accidents. Firefighters in Texas can become certified in basic structure fire protection after completing a 468-hour training program and passing an examination, according to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Even online training is acceptable, as long as the course is accredited. Basic firefighter salaries fluctuate across the state of Texas.

Texas Salary Average

Basic firefighters in Texas earned $44,490 a year on average in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Actual salaries ranged from $27,800 to $60,350.

Top Paying Cities

Amarillo turned out to be the best paying city in the state of Texas for basic firefighters. In 2009, the average firefighter pay in Amarillo was $57,550, according to the BLS. Other high paying cities included Dallas, where the salary average was $48,530, and Wichita Falls, where the average was $47,960.

Lower Paying Cities

Basic firefighters who worked in the southern, non-metropolitan region of Texas earned $31,640 a year, the lowest average for the entire state in 2009, according to the bureau. Firefighters in McAllen earned $31,770 a year, while those in Brownsville earned $32,300.

National Average Comparison

The national average for basic firefighters in 2009 was $47,270, according to the BLS, which is slightly higher than the Texas average. Actual incomes for firefighters ranged from $22,990 to $74,390.

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