Pay & Benefits

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Tucson Fire Department Pay

  • Recruit salary: $17.26 per hour (while in academy)
  • Upon Academy completion: $49,983.44 - $70,681.10 annually
  • An 12-step pay plan for the rank of firefighter reaches its maximum at $70,681.10 annually
  • 13 days paid sick leave per year (leave accruals increase at certain milestones)
  • 13 days paid vacation per year (leave accruals increase at certain milestones)
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • 25-year retirement plan
  • Opportunities to participate in deferred compensation plans
  • Tuition reimbursement for college courses (up to $5,250.00 per fiscal year)
  • Qualified education loan repayment assistance program
  • Paid military leave
  • On-duty physical exercise program

Tucson Fire Department Benefits

The City of Tucson offers its employees a benefits package which includes the benefits listed below, for comprehensive insurance information visit

Medical Insurance

One HMO Plan
(2) High Deductible Health Plans Options: HSA or HRA

Dental Insurance

One Prepaid Plan
One PPO Plan

Life Insurance

Basic & Supplemental Coverage
Spousal & Domestic Partner Supplemental Plans

Other Benefits

Long Term Disability
Flexible Benefits Plan
Workman’s Compensation
Employee Assistance Program

Retirement Plans

Pension Option (62.5% of High 5 after 25 years)
401A Option (City will match up to 9%)
457 Deferred Compensation Plan