Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced 18 percent salary increases for Houston firefighters over the next three fiscal years. The first pay increase of 6 percent will begin in July this year.
"I have always said and believed that firefighters work very hard at protecting our community and deserve a pay raise that the city can afford. The pay increase we are announcing today will serve to move firefighter's salary to within market average range for their jobs as determined by the city's most recent salary survey conducted by Segal Waters Consulting," Mayor Turner said during a press release on May 19.
The pay increase will have a cumulative cost of $115.3 million. This means first-year firefighter's salaries will be increased from the current $43,528 to over $51,000 per year. First-year firefighter's hourly pay rate will be increased from the current $17.92/hour to $21.35/hour upon full implementation.
"Today's proposed pay increase puts Houston firefighters in better standing compared to firefighters in other cities based on the number of hours worked and hourly rate of pay," Mayor Turner continued.
"We all want the best for our firefighters. Mayor Turner and his administration have been working hard on this issue, and now it's happened. This pay plan will help us be more competitive in our industry, help with retention and recruitment, and allow us to continue funding all other obligations for a functional fire department. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of this plan," HFD Fire Chief Sam Pena responded to the announcement.