We've got it good around here. Dallas FD starts out around $45K and most every other department at least on the Dallas side of DFW starts around $52-55K.
I hear if you can stick it out with Dallas and retire as a captain they have such good benefits that you'll be pulling in over a million a year just in retirement. They do some private retirement system instead of something run by the city I think.
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