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Nevada firefighters 3rd highest paid in country, according to study

Posted at 1:02 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 16:35:06-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada firefighters are the 3rd highest paid in the nation, according to the safety experts at Frontpoint.

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Frontpoint examined government data to compile their report. They focused on career firefighters vs. volunteer firefighters. Nationally, about 33% of active firefighters are career firefighters, 55% are volunteers and 12% are paid per call.


The average salary for a firefighter in Nevada is $76,760 per year. When adjusted for cost of living, they have a purchasing power of $68,473.

That works out to be about 1.273 per 1,000 jobs in the area are firefighters. Their median hourly wage was $37.95 and their average hourly wage was $36.90.

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Since that median number is larger than the average number, that means there's some outliers making more than that.

In 2018, there 1,260 career firefighters serving the Las Vegas valley.

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The state with the highest paid firefighters is California. The average there is $71.063. The state with the lowest average is Louisiana.

According to records kept by Transparent Nevada, the Henderson Fire chief made $190,463.52 in regular pay in 2018. Reno's battalion chief made $183,146.52. The fire chief in Sparks made $182,308.

The director for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue made $173,664.23 and the fire chief for Clark County made $165,115.21.

Fire captains for Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Clark County appear to make around $105,000 per year. Fire engineers appear to make around $94,000; fire inspectors make approximately $87,000; and firefighter (second grade) made about $80,000 in 2018.