Firefighter Salary Australia

Firefighter Salary Australia

Updated Firefighter Salary’s in the description below as well as links to each services pay agreement.


In this blog post, I cover most fire services from around Australia for Firefighter Salary. I also have a download of the resources these rates come from. Learn How To Succeed At The Firefighting Aptitude Test

The average Firefighter Salary in Australia is ….

Although firefighting is a noble profession in the eyes of many. You may be thinking, how much do they get paid OR could I survive on the pay of a firefighter if I am seriously considering a career change? For some it will be a pay cut, for others a pay rise. Whatever it is for you, I just wanted to give you the simple answers on firefighter pay around Australia.

How Much Do Firefighters Get Paid in 2024?

The firefighter pay figures below are firefighter salary average aggregated for the fire services across Australia as of 2024.

There will be variations and exceptions but the idea here is to give you an estimate of what you can expect to get paid on average as a firefighter today.

Starting at 46k – 75k as a firefighter recruit

On station wages roughly average around

70-90k for a qualified firefighter

90 -110k for a leading firefighter / senior

100k – 135k for Station Officer Ranks

I have not included any consideration for overtime and allowances or benefits package offered.

Each Australian fire department has different allowances & overtime demand. I have linked to the enterprise agreements below so you can see what allowances are available on top of generous sick leave and holidays.

Some fire departments have extra allowances for the paramedic type training you may acquire as part of the firefighter positions requirements. It is important to consider this as a potential part of the role.

Here is a full breakdown and the resources from which they came. We did our best to get the most up-to-date firefighter salaries in Australia as we could. Some fire services haven’t published wages or have out-of-date agreements. We will update this post each year to keep you informed.

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FRNSW Pay Rates as of 2024

VIC Pay Rate as of 2024

FRV - Pay Rates as of October 2022

Other Ranks for firefighter salary Melbourne

FRV Leading Firefighter

Leading firefighter salary with frv is around 105k pa

FRV Commander salary

Cammander salary with frv starts around 130k to 160k depending on the level

Note: Victoria is currently in negotiations and has an outdated Enterprise Agreement, further information to come

ACTFR Pay Rate as of 2024

TFS Pay Rate 2024

ARFF Pay Rate as of 2024

NTFRS Pay Rate as of May 2024 

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firefighter pay NT

NTFRS Current Pay Agreement 2024

Pay Increases

Pay increases for firefighter positions across Australia tend to follow the same path each time an enterprise bargaining agreement is up for renewal. The federal government has a policy referencing 3.0 per cent per annum over the life of the agreement.

This is usually negotiated between the firefighter union and the fire department.

The union will always be trying to improve working conditions and get increases above the reference policy. Sometimes this can draw the process out for a long time, for example it appears that the firefighter salary in Melbourne has been in negotiation since 2016.


I hope this serves as a quick and informative reference for you. There is a lot of bogus information out there, unfortunately. This should help you cut through the nonsense. We will be updating the specific services in 2024, if you look at the updated aggregate at the top for a general idea of firefighter pay across Australia.

TIP: If you need the very latest firefighter pay figures for a specific service and for some reason I have overlooked it you can search with the terms in this example to get the latest firefighter pay figures from the eba of your service.

Example: “nt fire service ufu eba” or “legislation victoria frv eba”

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Brent C

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been in the fire service working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 300 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.

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