In the United States, a firefighter makes an average of around $43,000 a year, as reported by PayScale as of 2015. The median hourly rate for firefighters is approximately $15.
Firefighters, whose job entails responding to fires and other types of emergencies, may earn as low as $22,000 a year to as much as $71,000. The factors that most affect a firefighter's salary are location and experience, notes PayScale. Education level and the size and type of industry or area also play roles. The majority of firefighters receive medical, dental and vision healthcare coverage. Men account for the majority of firefighters in the U.S.