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How many people do you know gave up and became a firefighter?

Northrop Grumman iCallBS
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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

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  • Boeing / OpsAirbus
    1M in Indian rupee
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  • Amazon / EngGalаdriel
    Took home 1M from burning houses?
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  • 1-800 Contacts HQOR61
    All the firefighters I know make much less than engineers.
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    • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
      OP
      They retire at 50 with the same salary though
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  • LinkedIn glasscave
    1M total... that means they averaged 480$ an hour... no way man
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    • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
      OP
      Google it. LA county
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  • Deloitte / Consultant
    weirdflex

    DeloitteConsultant

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    Deloitte
    weirdflexmore
    Opens the door to some... interesting... and potentially lucrative side hustles. You can make really good money stripping, or doing shirtless / naked calendars with your buddies. If you’re handsome, hung and beefy.
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  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    CompassEng

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    Google
    FUPayMemore
    I know 0 people
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  • Facebook
    RedBlack

    Facebook

    BIO
    that would be telling
    RedBlackmore
    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.
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    • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
      OP
      Did you do a quick google and determine that? You guys realize overtime isn’t put into your initial salary offer as a firefighter
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    • Facebook
      RedBlack

      Facebook

      BIO
      that would be telling
      RedBlackmore
      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.
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    • Microsoft Gandalfee
      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.
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    • VMware BobbleHat
      Who tf would take a swe job paying 45k in 2011? This is absurd.
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  • Amazon Northman
    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.
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    • Adobe Zxcvbasdfg
      With SDE though, as you age, you don’t necessarily make more unless you keep up with the technology or switch to management side. With firefighters, you get seniority + pension. So it’s comparable if you look at longer term.
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    • Amazon Northman
      When you are 45 years old you might not want to be running into burning buildings or slinging code at at 10pm on a weekend. Management is a path in either case.
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  • LinkedIn glasscave
    Google just told me that the average is 34k-57k. Even if they had 40 hours of over time EVERY week, let’s even say at double pay, they would make on average less than 100k. What are you talking about
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  • Lockheed Martin / EngiEkO37
    I 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.
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  • Microsoft Gandalfee
    Sounds like a better deal than police officers. But Bellevue police is one of the easiest jobs yet the base salary is over $110k for them not counting pension, overtime, special comp etc.
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  • Adobe Zxcvbasdfg
    Look pretty good for LA with 200k average. Some get pension north 100k + benefits.
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  • Snapchat +1s
    Is there a leetcode.com for firefighters?
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  • Cisco Infensus
    It's really hard to get in. Maybe moreso than SWE.
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