Average US Police and Fire Salaries

Goodyear pays their fire fighters an average of about $78,000 per year.
The average pay for fire fighters in the US according to Payscale.com is;
Fire Fighter
Salary Range
$31,835 – $55,833

Goodyear pays it’s police an average of $88,000 per year.
The average pay for local police in the US according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is $51,020;
“The middle 50 percent earned between $38,850 and $64,940. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,070, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $79,680. Median annual wages were $46,620 in Federal Government, $57,270 in State government, $51,020 in local government and $43,350 in educational services.”

Goodyear is not Chicago, New York, or LA where salaries are higher and contribute to the average.
Either Goodyear is paying WAY too much for their police and firefighters or Goodyear is VERY top heavy in it’s staffing.

Goodyear is broke.  We are not in a position to allow our city council to continue to write blank checks that make their jobs easy. It is time for city council to do their job, ask questions and make decisions the way we are paying them to.


2 Responses

  1. When you use statistics from websites such as payscale.com, are you taking into consideration other factors that would make Goodyears scale seem high in comparison? For example, if you do a search on average nationwide Police Officer salaries, then $50k would be about right for a median income. However, you may be forgetting to include the pay associated with different ranks? Sgt’s, Lt’s, Cmdr, Chief are all paid on seperate scales above those for Officers due to the added responsibilities of supervison and the increased training and educational requirments necessary for those positions. If you combined those salaries with the those of Officers for an avaerage, I suspect you find the median significantly higher than the $88k Goodyear reports. Additionally, I’m certain the $88k Goodyear uses as a median is based on all sworn officers saleries, from the rookie Officer to Chief of Police.

    • Check out what I am doing with the fire department. I’ll get to the police in time.
      Right now, the fire statistics show line fire fighters median in Goodyear at $44,930 but the average salary of the total fire department $66,000. As you suggest for the police department, someone is making a lot more money than line fire fighters.

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