How many people do you know gave up and became a firefighter?Dec 6, 2018
A senior engineer at work is completely and utterly convinced that a young engineer should seek out firefighting if you want money.
How many people do you know who gave up their engineering degree to do something more blue collar (firefighting)
Really curious especially since a firefighter took home 1M in TC a year ago
- 1. Salaries for the most senior firefighters generally top out at less than entry level TC for tech co engineers
2. The percentage of tech co engineers who could pass the physical fitness requirements to be a firefighter is probably statistically insignificant.
- Nope. In my network of friends and family, there’s a lot more public servants (military, police, firefighters, nurses, EMT/paramedics, teachers, etc) than tech engineers, and firefighters might well have the best deal out of the spectrum in terms of $ and WLB, but nothing close to the absurd TC we get at tech companies.
There’s certainly some good reasons to leave tech to be a firefighter (if you could cut it) but making more money isn’t one.
- Only small percentage of tech workers get the compensation like you. Lots of engineers in south and midwest get less than a quarter of Bay area engineers. It is 7 years old data but starting salary for engineers was $45k in my town. Pharmacists made much more as their starting was $90k. Nurses made more as well.
- Your odds of making 300-500k a year as an SDE in California are vastly higher than your odds of doing the same as a firefighter. Ditto for 1M a year.
- Lockheed Martin / EngiEkO37I knew a civil engineer that took up firefighting. He was only making around 40K as a civil engineer so he didnt have to take a big pay cut for the career change.