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From surgeons to firefighters, here's what the average American makes in 19 life-saving jobs

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  Medical and protective-service workers save lives every day.
  
  Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found the
  average annual salaries for 19 life-saving jobs around the
  country.
  
  
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  Firefighters, paramedics, and nurses save and protect people's
  lives every day.

  The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment
  Statistics program offers data on employment and wages
  across different occupations and industries.

  We took a look at the average annual salaries, as reported
  by the BLS, for 19 medical and protective-service roles where
  saving lives is a part of the job.

  Lifeguards tend to make a relatively low annual salary,
  while firefighters and police officers are well compensated on
  average. Surgeons are very highly paid.

  Here are those occupations, ranked from lowest to highest
  average salary as of May 2018, the most recent period for which
  BLS data is available:

What do police, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics make?

Firefighters, paramedics, and nurses save and protect people's lives every day.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries.

We took a look at the average annual salaries, as reported by the BLS, for 19 medical and protective-service roles where saving lives is a part of the job.

Lifeguards tend to make a relatively low annual salary, while firefighters and police officers are well compensated on average. Surgeons are very highly paid.

Here are those occupations, ranked from lowest to highest average salary as of May 2018, the most recent period for which BLS data is available:

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