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Compensation & Benefits
City of Durham benefits begin on the first day of the month after hire.
Starting Salary: $34,388 for entry level fire recruits or $36,098 for certified firefighters and certified A-EMTs who would like to become firefighters. Personnel are paid biweekly. Starting salaries are non-negotiable.
We offer 5% annual increases for sworn personnel with satisfactory performance
Education incentive: 2.5% increase for an Associate's Degree or 5% increase for a Bachelor's Degree (after graduation for entry level fire recruits)
401 K - 5% Employer Contribution / Optional 457 with 5% Matching Contribution
Bilingual incentive: $1,000 annual bonus paid to those fluent in Spanish or sign language (contingent on passing a fluency exam and awarded AFTER academy graduation)
Exceptional dental and health insurance with specialty insurance options
Recruits are paid throughout the Fire Academy lasting approximately 33 weeks for entry level firefighters; number of weeks will vary for certified firefighters and certified EMTs. (Fire=16 weeks, EMT=7 weeks, A-EMT=10 weeks) Tuition and books are fully funded by the Durham Fire Department.
No felony convictions - Note: speeding tickets and misdemeanors are not disqualifiers
Valid driver’s license
Must be able to speak and write in English
Complete Salary Range
Note: Salaries below do not include education or other incentives
Fire Recruit (Entry)
$34,388 - $58,800
Certified Firefighter or Certified A-EMT
$36,098 - $58,800
Fire Driver / Fire Inspector II
$44,309 - $68,738
Fire Captain / Assistant Fire Marshal
$55,025 - $89,630
Battalion Chief / Deputy Fire Marshal
$65,221 - $101,179
Assistant Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
$72,938 - $118,808
Our firefighters work an average of ten 24-hour shifts per month. Shifts run from 7 a.m. until 7 a.m. the following day. Firefighters are assigned to either A, B, or C Shift. See the DFD Shift Schedule (PDF).