Fire-fighter Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The fire-fighter job includes the following responsibilities: (i) fights fires as a member of a public fire-fighting force; (ii) rescues people and property; (iii) demolishes parts of buildings as necessary; (iv) administers artificial respiration and first aid; (v) maintains fire-fighting equipment in perfect working condition [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
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Fire-Fighter Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
U.S. average salary PPP $ 2,729 $ 2,729 Full-time and part-time employees, 2005. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 3,454 dollars 21% 48.9
Australia average income PPP $ 2,654 $ 2,605 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 4,291 dollars 20% 39.7
UK median salary PPP $ 2,474 $ 2,871 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 2,159 pounds 27% 42.0
Canada average income PPP $ 2,383 $ 2,381 Employees, 2005. Statistics Canada, [9], [t]. 4,240 dollars 32% 35.2
France median salary PPP $ 2,183 $ 1,714 Fire-fighters & police officers, full-time employees, 2002. Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques, [36]. 1,670 euros 0%
Finland average salary PPP $ 1,786 $ 2,132 Normal hours of work, 2004. Men only. Women make 2,275 euros per month. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 2,345 euros 29% 38.8
Germany average salary PPP $ 1,755 $ 1,895 Minimum per month, 2005, normal hours of work. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 1,976 euros 23% 40.0
Korea average salary PPP $ 1,475 $ 1,170 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Korea Ministry of Labour, [9]. 1,297,139 wons 8% 46.7
Italy average salary PPP $ 1,447 $ 1,563 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 1,719 euros 27% 36.0
Austria average salary PPP $ 1,415 $ 1,134 Employees, 2002. Men only. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 1,454 euros 24% 40.0
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 1,280 $ 837 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 27,761 korunas 28% 39.4
Kuwait average income PPP $ 1,263 $ 1,576 Men employees, 2004. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 450 dinars 0% 44.0
Hungary average salary PPP $ 942 $ 598 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 188,622 forints 37%
Poland average income PPP $ 934 $ 500 Employees, 2004. Poland Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 2,518 zlotys 30% 40.0
Slovakia average income PPP $ 868 $ 446 Employees, 2004. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 17,862 korunas 22% 33.8
Portugal average salary PPP $ 727 $ 583 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 558 euros 13% 39.7
Mexico average income PPP $ 726 $ 465 Employees, 2005. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 5,266 pesos 4% 63.0
China average salary PPP $ 560 $ 131 Employees, 2005. National Bureau of Statistics of China, [9]. 1,166 yuans 8%
Latvia average income PPP $ 534 $ 237 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 179 lats 26% 28.9
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 486 $ 185 Employees, 2002. Men. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 853 litas 27% 38.7
Brazil average income PPP $ 479 $ 176 Employees, Dec 2003. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 558 reals 10% 40.7
Romania average salary PPP $ 266 $ 137 Men employees, 2005. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 525 new lei 25% 38.8
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
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