Throughout the UK salaries of both Private (airport fire services), Public (regular), Mod (military) & Retained (public) firefighters varies due to a number of factors, such as;

  • Number of years firefighting experience
  • Specialist qualifications
  • Danger pay (mostly in private & military)
  • Location
  • Job role

Examples of current (2011) firefighter pay are below.

Regular Firefighter Pay 2011;

  • £19,832 to £28,940  Base salary
  • £491.32 to £1965  Bonus

Advantages of working as a regular firefighter;

  • Job satisfaction
  • Stable career
  • Top Employer
  • Good future prospects
  • Respect from the general public
  • Fitness & Health benefits
  • Interesting work (no two days are the same)
  • Good union support
  • Fair overtime pay
  • Above average holidays
  • Government pension

Disadvantages of working as a regular firefighter;

  • Long hours
  • Shift changes

Airport Firefighter Pay 2011;

  • £31,000  Base salary (average)
  • £200 to £2500 Bonus

Advantages of working as a airport firefighter;

  • Higher pay & overtime
  • Wide range of training
  • Typically less active shifts
  • Very high responsibility from the start
  • Access to very expensive machinery
  • Long holiday allowances
  • Private pension plan

 

 

(pay stats from payscale) These statistics should not be considered 100% accurate, due to changes in government spending and private finances.

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