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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 42053$19.88/hr$11.37/hr$12.63/hr$16.72/hr$27.09/hr$33.55/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services710$16.45/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration6,660$16.54/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$20.81/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$16.41/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 90$28.80/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 150$20.68/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 160$17.42/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 180$19.97/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 190$19.08/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 420$16.72/hr4.7%
Southeast Balance of State 420$17.43/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 430$23.05/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 570$21.11/hr1.3%
Northwest Balance of State 570$19.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 650$19.66/hr7.1%
Southwest Balance of State 680$13.40/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 890$12.37/hr0.7%
Central Minnesota 1,030$17.97/hr13.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,170$16.28/hr8.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,000$15.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,390$16.51/hr6.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers 680$37.13/hr7.4%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 590$23.34/hr24.5%
Highway Maintenance Workers 5,030$25.82/hr6.7%

  • 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.