Firefighter Salary Canada

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Average Firefighter’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Firefighters.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 4312.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: firefighter, fire captain, fire inspector and apprentice firefighter.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $47.27 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick at $28.04 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $95,000.

Employment prospects for firefighters are good in Canada. Government data indicates that the labour market for this profession will be balanced for the near future. Job openings will result from both expansion demand and retirements.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Firefighters in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta*(1) 24.4047.2760.932017
Edmonton – Alberta*(1) 24.4047.2760.932017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 28.3740.00 52.002016
Winnipeg – Manitoba 15.00 36.06 48.13 2016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 11.0028.0439.492016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.3131.2843.592014
Toronto – Ontario 32.05 42.74 55.292016
Ottawa – Ontario 27.8041.21 54.802016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 27.8041.21 54.802016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 28.4138.46 48.722016
Prince Edward Island
Montreal – Quebec 16.1531.30 39.802016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan21.0037.0048.08 2016


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Putting out fires and preventing fires from spreading using manual and power equipment, such as axes, water hoses, aerial ladders and hydraulic equipment and various firefighting chemicals
›› Attending accidents or emergencies
›› Informing and educating the public on fire prevention
›› Administering first aid and other assistance
Comparison with employment group

The 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for occupations in front-line public protection services, which includes firefighters, is $41.84. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1731, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $90,000.

Number In Employment

There are over 25,000 career firefighters and over 140,000 volunteer firefighters working in Canada.

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