Occupational Employment Statistics


33-2011 Firefighters

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 900117$18.96/hr$10.40/hr$13.27/hr$17.11/hr$25.03/hr$29.60/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services700$16.29/hr
Public Administration6,120$15.05/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$20.53/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$15.96/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$15.75/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 190$15.25/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 190$15.25/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 230$11.43/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 300$17.20/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 390$12.49/hr4.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 390$22.89/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 460$16.04/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 510$18.50/hr1.3%
Southwest Balance of State 640$10.39/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 900$17.11/hr7.1%
Southwest Minnesota 950$11.69/hr0.7%
Central Minnesota 960$13.73/hr13.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,720$16.20/hr8.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,780$15.31/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,840$15.16/hr6.9%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 630$37.00/hr7.4%
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 5,850$19.11/hr13.5%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 400$20.96/hr24.5%

  • Clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus.
  • Participate in physical training activities to maintain a high level of physical fitness.
  • Maintain fire equipment and firehouse living quarters.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain high levels of physical fitness.
  • Maintain fire equipment and firehouse living quarters.
  • Test and maintain tools, equipment, jump gear, and parachutes to ensure readiness for fire suppression activities.
  • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.