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Fire Investigators


Fire investigators analyze the cause, origin, and circumstances of fires involving loss of life and considerable property damage; interrogate witnesses and prepare investigation reports; and arrest and seek prosecution of arsonists. They also investigate explosions. They work for local fire departments, state fire marshal’s offices, and private companies. Approximately 11,370 fire investigators and inspectors are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Fire Marshal or Fire Captain

Fire Investigator

Firefighter, or Fire Inspector, or Fire Safety Technician