Firefighter Salary & Benefits

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Colorado Springs Fire Department 2021 Pay Chart

Minimum Standards

  • Have a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • You must have a valid FireTEAM score through the National Testing Network by the posted deadline
  • Maintain a valid current Colorado EMT - Basic Certificate or above*
  • Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) no more the 12 months prior to the posted deadline
  • You must be a US citizen, permanent resident alien, temporary resident alien, applicant for temporary resident status, refugee, or asylee.
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have or be able to obtain a Colorado driver's license
  • You must not have been convicted of a crime that would affect your ability to certify with the National Registry of EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic.
  • We do not permit the use of medicinal or recreational marijuana.


The firefighter salary structure for 2020 is: 

       40 Hour/Week

  • Fire Trainee                        $26.25/Hour, $4,550/Month, $54,600/Annual


      56 Hour/Week

  • Firefighter, Fourth Class      $20.76/Hour, $5,039/Month, $60,465/Annual
  • Firefighter, Third Class        $23.07/Hour, $5,598/Month, $67,177/Annual
  • Firefighter, Second Class    $25.63/Hour, $6,220/Month, $74,642/Annual
  • Firefighter, First Class         $28.25/Hour, $6,856/Month, $82,272/Annual


*After the first year of probation has been completed, employees who have a Nationally Registered EMT-P may be eligible to take the Paramedic Promotional Examination or the Fire Driver Engineer Promotional Examination.


The paramedic salary structure for 2020 is:

  • Fire Driver Engineer            $30.62/Hour, $7,431/Month, $89,171/Annual
  • Paramedic, Third Class       $26.12/Hour, $6,339/Month, $76,063/Annual
  • Paramedic, Second Class   $29.02/Hour, $7,043/Month, $84,518/Annual
  • Paramedic, First Class        $32.16/Hour, $7,803/Month, $93,640/Annual

In order to be hired as a firefighter, you must successfully complete:

  • The interview process
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background investigation
  • Psychological testing & Psychological Interview
  • A medical examination and drug screen
  • The CSFD Training Academy, for 17 Weeks
For further information, please contact the Colorado Springs Fire Department
Public Safety Recruiter Office at (719) 385-7226.

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