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Fast Facts for Fire Fighters in Illinois

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Kankakee, Springfield and Chicago
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Bloomington, Champaign and Rockford
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Chicago, Rockford and Springfield

Salaries for Fire Fighters in Illinois

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Chicago, Rockford and Champaign

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Programs
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Management
  • AS in Fire Science
  • AAS in Fire Science

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  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration
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  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
  • Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Services
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  • M.S. in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership
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  • Certificate in Emergency Preparedness
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Benedictine University offers a liberal arts and professional education guided by Roman Catholic tradition. We prepare our students for a lifetime of leadership and responsible citizenry.
Programs
  • Master of Public Administration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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More Illinois Fire Fighting Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Chicago
Associate
8,633
Glen Ellyn
Associate
25,768
Grayslake
Associate
16,010
Danville
Associate
2,832
Elgin
Associate
9,613
Palatine
Associate
15,156
East Peoria
Associate
11,804
Fairfield
Associate
2,102
Quincy
Associate
2,417
Joliet
Associate
13,149
Godfrey
Associate
7,875
Springfield
Associate
6,655
Crystal Lake
Associate
5,274
Palos Hills
Associate
15,859
Des Plaines
Associate
10,805
Champaign
Associate
9,407
Chicago Heights
Associate
5,507
Decatur
Associate
3,274
Rockford
Associate
7,923
Belleville
Associate
13,713
River Grove
Associate
15,658
Sugar Grove
Associate
8,731

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Fire Fighters

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Fire Fighters

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Fire Fighters relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Carbondale-Marion 80 $45,250
Champaign-Urbana 350 $46,750
Decatur 140 $47,110
Bloomington 100 $41,990
Kankakee N/A $46,730
Peoria 460 $34,610
Rockford 470 $43,380
Springfield N/A $56,020

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