Salary, Benefits and Career Progression

There are a number of benefits of joining the fire and rescue service.


  • 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

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.