The average fire fighter makes $45,078 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But that figure includes many overtime hours firefighters perform.
It doesn’t include salary, bonuses or overtime hours earned in other jobs.
Fire fighters have some of the highest-paid jobs in the country, earning about $52,000 a year in overtime, according the Bureau.
And many fire fighters also have health insurance that includes coverage for overtime.
Some firefighters are also paid for their time and effort, and are often considered leaders in their communities, according as the U.S. Department of Labor.
Firefighters are also considered essential workers in some areas.
A fire fighter in Georgia said he was working 10 hours a day in a 40-square-foot warehouse, and the fire department didn’t reimburse him for his overtime.
He said the fire was “like a bomb” and “all my equipment went up in flames.”
In the District of Columbia, fire fighters earn about $34,000, according a report from the Federal Communications Commission.
In New York City, fire department workers are paid an average of about $28,000 per year, but overtime is paid.
In San Diego, firefighters get about $33,000 for 12 hours of work.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement that he supports firefighters and is “looking for a fire department that is more transparent, accountable and responsive to our citizens and communities.”
The Firefighters Compensation Act of 1984 was passed to help fire fighters, but has been used sparingly.
In 2016, Congress passed a bill that would have paid fire fighters a base salary of $38,000 over five years.
That bill died in committee.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in the past year that it had paid out nearly $10 million in compensation awards.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in an August report that it has paid about $8.8 million in firefighter overtime since the law was passed in 1984.