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Careers in Fire Protection Engineering
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It pays to be a fire protection engineer. Not only does becoming a fire protection engineer bring the personal satisfaction of making the world safe from fire, but it provides competitive income.

SFPE Compensation Infographic

In 2012, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers conducted a salary and benefits survey of the fire protection engineering profession. Data from this salary survey show that:

  • Median income (including bonuses and overtime) for those working in fire protection engineering in 2011 was $113,748, a slight (3%) since the previous survey was conducted in 2010.
  • Median income (including bonuses and overtime) for engineers with 0-6 years of experience with a bachelor’s degree was $70,000 per year.
  • Fire protection engineers with upwards of 15 years work experience earn the greatest salaries in the field. It is common for senior-level fire protection engineers to make over $128,000 per year.

Generous benefits are another reason to choose a career in fire protection engineering. The vast majority of respondents receive medical benefits, dental benefits, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, tuition reimbursement and bonuses.



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