The amount paid to firefighters, who are among the first on the scene in any emergency, varies from state to state.
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a comprehensive set of statistics on employment by occupation in the United States. Using the most recent set of statistics, reflecting employment and wages in May 2014, we made a map showing the median annual salary for firefighters in each state:
Firefighters in New York and New Jersey are paid much more than their peers elsewhere, with salaries over $80,000 a year.
Here's a table showing the May 2014 median annual wage for firefighters in each state:
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