Salary, Benefits and Career Progression
There are a number of benefits of joining the fire and rescue service.
Salary Information for Operational Roles (updated July 2020)
As a trainee firefighter you will commence on a salary of £23,833 per annum. On successful completion of the initial training course this will rise to £24,826 per annum. Once competent (a maximum of 3 years from initial start date) you will earn £31,767 per annum.
We have lots of opportunities for career progression and lots of opportunities to also develop specialist skills. Not only will you be part of a dynamic and diverse team you will also develop your skills and qualifications and advance you’re a career to become a supervisory, middle and senior manager (salaries are based on July 2020 pay settlement):
Crew Manager – can earn up to £35,219
Watch Manager – can earn up to £39,383
Station Manager – can earn up to £45,183
Group Manager – can earn up to £52,301.
Area Manager – can earn up to £60,756.
Other allowances are payable depending on duty systems you will be conditioned to. Training and development programme will be provided and it can take up a minimum of 12 – 18 months at each role level.
- Firefighters Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme. Find out more about the Pensions Schemes on our Pensions Scheme page
- Annual Leave entitlement
- Childcare voucher, salary sacrifice scheme (Green car scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, Home Technology scheme)
- Generous Maternity/Paternity/Adoption leave policies
- Special Leave / Carers Leave
- Generous sick pay provision
- Occupational Health Team, including Exercise Physiologist
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Everybody Benefits scheme
- Station gym facilities
- Optional benefits such as Sports and Social club and Network groups