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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 starting salary for a Fire Recruit is $64,884 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 several career advancement opportunities within the Department. In addition to promoting through the ranks of the Department, there are several opportunities to receive specialty or administrative premium pay.

Rank Monthly Salary Range
Firefighter $5,407 - $8,321
Fire Lieutenant $7,350 - $9,130
Fire Captain, Fireboat Pilot or Engineer $8,418- $10,247
Battalion Chief $9,655 - $12,551
Deputy Chief $11,024 - $13,072
Assistant Chief $10,661 - $17,590
Fire Chief $10,661 - $17,590
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:   March 07, 2013

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