Gov. Gianforte Announces Firefighter Pay Increase

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HELENA, Mont. — Together with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Governor Greg Gianforte announced the State of Montana will increase firefighter pay to support, recruit, and retain the highly-qualified, highly-trained personnel who protect Montana communities and natural resources.

The wage increase marks the first major pay adjustment of its kind for the seasonal firefighting workforce of Montana.

Seasonal firefighters in Montana will see a compensation increase of $1.70 per hour, which brings the minimum base pay to $15.50 per hour. The increased wage makes the State of Montana competitive and equitable with other fire protection agencies in the region.

As states in the west continue to endure longer fire seasons and more extreme fire behavior, supporting a modernized, fully staffed firefighting workforce remains a top priority for Gov. Gianforte and Director Kaster

The wage increase has been implemented for the current seasonal hiring effort. Open positions can be viewed at