Salary, Benefits, Promotion


While in Recruit School, Firefighter Trainees are paid an hourly rate. This rate will be included in the hiring announcement on our employment page at the time of advertisement. Upon completion of Recruit School, Trainees are classified as Firefighters and are compensated based upon the Fire Department Pay Plan.

Please contact Human Resources for specific information regarding compensation at 843-724-7388.


The City of Charleston is proud to offer a competitive benefits package to supplement our employees' total compensation package. Some of these benefits include:

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Group Dental Insurance 
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Optional Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Optional Life Insurance And Disability Plans
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Retirement 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Vacation Leave
  • Wellness Programs

Career Advancement

City of Charleston Firefighters have the opportunity for career advancement through a competitive promotional process.