Gov. Gianforte announces firefighter pay increase

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

HELENA, Mont., Jan. 10 – Together with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Gov. Greg Gianforte today 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. “Montana’s wildland firefighters

“Montana’s wildland firefighters are some of the most important and necessary personnel serving our state, especially with recent, more severe fire seasons,” Gianforte said. “This well-deserved pay increase will help ensure our wildland firefighters remain the most skilled and mission capable firefighting workforce in the region.”

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.

“It is more important than ever that we modernize our firefighting workforce to effectively address the challenges we face during these unprecedented fire seasons,” says Director Amanda Kaster. “I’m proud that DNRC will offer higher pay during the upcoming season to the hardworking firefighters that continue to protect Montana lives, communities, and natural resources.”

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 Gianforte and Kaster.

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

Governor’s Office press release

“I am glad to see Governor Gianforte take the lead to offer our brave wildland firefighters a much deserved pay raise. Our wildland firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families and communities from deadly wildfires – this raise will help show our firefighters how grateful we are for their service,”

– U.S. Sen. Steve Daines