What We Pay
A Los Alamos County Firefighter has many rewards, that will benefit an individual personally and financially. Los Alamos County offers an exceptional benefits package.
Once probation is completed there are many opportunities that may be available, such as Hazmat Tech, Technical Rescue Tech, Fire Inspector-Investigator, Wildland, Honor Guard, Bike Team, Combat Challenge. Some of these teams are incentive based and pay extra money per hour. See How We Serve page for details.
LAFD is projecting many retirements in the upcoming years and the opportunity to promote will exist.
LAFD is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work force. We are a fire family that welcomes all races and ethnicities, to include women in a non-traditional field. We work in a small mountain town with many recreational community while providing mission - critical response to protect the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The ideal of lending a helping hand when called, and to each other exists.
After 2 years Longevity Pay
Years of Service
Extra Pay Per Hour/Year (2912)
Recruits would receive health, vision, life and dental coverage and a pension plan, as well as, a Los Alamos County plan similar to a 401k, where the County pays 9% and the employee pays 1%., in addition to the 25 year retirement PERA plan - employer pays 65%, employee pays 35%.
Hourly Rate - Work Week
Starting pay for the Academy is $21.94 /hour assigned to a 40 hour work week consisting of 10 hour days of a regular schedule Monday - Thursday. Recruits will receive overtime for hours worked beyond 40. Typically (1) overnight per week is expected.
Starting Salary - 1st Year
The first year of employment the starting salary for a Fire Recruit is $61, 500 + $7,500 Hiring Bonus, or a Fire Paramedic Recruit is $66,960 + $15,000 Hiring Bonus. Both starting salaries don't include overtime. The average overtime in Academy is ~ $15,000. After graduation a NM certified, EMT-Advanced would receive $1.50/hr incentive and Paramedics receive $3.75/hr incentive. Please include certifications at time of application.
Hiring Bonus Distribution (+$7,500 - $15,000)
Each recruit will receive $2,500 for successful completion of the first 30 days.
Each recruit will then receive another $2,500 at the first pay period following graduation from the academy. (approx. 6 months).
At the one year mark from the academy graduation date the last bonus will be given to Firefighter 2's completing their probation period:
a) $2,500 EMT's - EMT-Advanced
b) $10,000 Paramedics