Employment opportunities are excellent for graduates of the Fire Academy. There are consistent job openings at city fire departments across the state due to attrition and retirement.
Firefighters who begin at the Amarillo Fire Department earn $3,219 per month. Each year, for the next four years, firefighters receive step level increases to $4,567 per month after five years of service. Further increases are based on rank and/or cost of living raises. Starting pay across the state ranges from $18,000 to $44,000.