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Salary and Benefits


  • Schedule - Seattle Firefighters work approximately eight, 24-hour shifts per month.
  • Pay - competitive salary with regular pay increases.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan with fixed City contributions.
  • LEOFF II State Pension Plan.
  • Family Medical, Dental and Vision coverage.
  • Employee Assistance Program - for employees and household members.
  • Vacation - up to 336 hours per year.
  • Compensatory time.
  • Sick Leave - approximately 110 hours per year.
  • Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program.


The 2014 starting salary for a Fire Recruit is $66,180 per year with scheduled pay increases per union contract.  Specialty and administrative premium pay can add an additional 5-20% depending on the specialty.  See advancement opportunities below for details.


There are many career advancement opportunities within the Department. In addition to promoting through the ranks of the Department, there are opportunities to receive specialty or administrative premium pay.

Rank 2014 Monthly Salary Range
Firefighter $5,515 - $7,827
Fire Lieutenant $7,497 - $8,818
Fire Captain, Fireboat Pilot or Engineer $8,587- $9,957
Battalion Chief $10,166 - $12,123
Deputy Chief $11,607 - $13,763
Assistant Chief $10,852 - $17,906
Fire Chief $10,852 - $17,906
Job Title Premium Pay
Paramedic 15-20%
Paramedic Lieutenant 15-27.5%
Apparatus Driver 5-10%
Hazardous Materials Team 5-10%
Technical Rescue Team 5-10%
Marine Emergency Response Team 5-10%
Fire Prevention Inspector 7.5%
Training Division Instructor 7.5%
Fire Dispatcher 7.5%
Arson Investigator 10%
Other Administrative Positions 7.5 - 10%



Last Modified:   November 12, 2014

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