Firefighters are highly trained professionals who use their skills to protect people and property from fires and other dangerous incidents. They also help educate the public on ways to prevent fires and how to respond if they occur. They usually work for municipal fire departments, but some private employers may also hire them. Firefighter salaries are typically very competitive, and they can often expect to receive bonuses as well.
The average salary for a Firefighter in Louisiana is around $46,220 per year, according to data from PayScale. This figure is about 11% lower than the national average for this career. The exact amount you will make in this role will depend on your level of experience and the specific department you work for.
Some fire departments may advertise grossly inflated salaries for firefighters, as happened in East Jefferson Parish after Hurricane Katrina. In that case, the fire department included scheduled overtime hours of 8.5 per week in their regular salary figures, which is illegal because those are guaranteed and scheduled hours over the 56.5 hour average work week. The fire department was reimbursed by FEMA for the excess overtime hours, and it is now advertising that the firefighters are still being paid those additional overtime amounts.
The best places to get a job as a Firefighter are Baton Rouge Metro Area, Shreveport-Bossier City and Lake Charles. All three of these locations pay on average above the state’s average, indicating that a move to one of these cities can be an excellent opportunity for wage advancement.