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Firefighter Average UK Salary & Prospects

Firefighters help to protect people from fire and other dangers, and give advice on fire prevention.

Firefighters typically work around 41 to 43 hours per week.

As a Firefighter you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

* from ONETonline
Average salary
36,586 GBP *
per year
23,500 GBP
38,500 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Firefighter

Men make 9% more than Women
87% of Firefighters are men
  • 37,093 GBP
  • 33,663 GBP
Average salary for part-time Firefighter
Average salary for full-time Firefighter

  • 7,744 GBP
  • 7,534 GBP
  • 36,586 GBP
  • 33,663 GBP
  • 37,093 GBP
Pay over time for Firefighter

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 32,959 GBP
  • 33,153 GBP
  • 33,004 GBP
  • 34,287 GBP
  • 34,805 GBP
  • 36,586 GBP

Future outlook for Firefighters

Very good outlook
53 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
35% chance of automation in the future

Firefighter - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Firefighter and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

Find out which qualifications or skills you need to become a Firefighter.

You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the fire service, although this is not essential.

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of training and how to present information
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Firefighter

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