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Employee Compensation

Wages & OT

All full-time, hourly RTFC employees are considered non-exempt, which means they’re paid hourly plus overtime. Estimated annual pay is based on the regular hours and scheduled overtime for 24-hour shift schedule. Pay is distributed on a bi-weekly basis via direct deposit.

Firefighter Trainee Est. Annual Pay*:
Competitive Salary
*Pay scale and hours worked are subject to change. Starting wages are dependent on location.

Rank Structure

  • Trainee
  • Entry Level Firefighter 1
  • Senior Level Firefighter 1
  • Entry Level Firefighter 2
  • Senior Level Firefighter 2
  • Entry Level Captain
  • Senior Level Captain

RTFC Paid Time Off (PTO) Scale

  • 1 to 4 years = 156 hours
  • 5 to 9 years = 192 hours
  • 10 to 19 years = 240 hours
  • 20 to 29 years = 264 hours
  • Holiday Leave = 80 hours/year

Employee Benefits


Employer FICA
Social Security tax assessed on an employer for all wages paid to employees and credited to each individual’s Social Security account. 
Federal Unemployment tax assessed to employers for employment insurance coverage for qualifying separated employees. 
To become eligible for enrollment into the pension plan an employee must complete one year of service with enrollment permitted the following January 1 or July 1. 15% of each employee’s estimated annual base-pay salary is contributed into the pension fund. One Hundred Percent vesting occurs after 3 years of employment. 
401(K) Matching
To become eligible for enrollment into the 401(K) plan an employee must complete one year of service with enrollment permitted the following January 1 or July 1. 2% match will be contributed by RTFC to each participant. One Hundred Percent vesting in Company contribution occurs after 3 years of service. 
State Unemployment
The Texas Employment Commission assesses a state (as opposed to Federal in the case of FUTA) unemployment tax on employers for unemployment insurance coverage for qualifying separated employees. 
Life Insurance
Each full-time employee is provided basic life insurance. 
Each full-time employee is covered by an Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy. 
RTFC carries medical insurance for each full-time employee, paid for by RTFC. The employee pays for optional dependent coverage. 
Personal Accident
For each full time employee, RTFC carries Accident Expense Insurance Policy designed to help cover the expenses associated with an accidental injury. 
Long Term Disability
All full-time employees are covered by RTFC’s Long Term Disability policy. 
Worker's Compensation
A state-regulated insurance program covering each employee for work-related injuries and illnesses. 


Tuition Reimbursement
After 1 full year of employment, Full-time employees who successfully complete course work deemed to have benefit to the performance of his/her position will be reimbursed for tuition and books directly related to this course work. ($1,000 maximum limit). 
Professional Development
Certain staff employees are expected to attend seminars and workshops aimed at upgrading knowledge of a particular area of their job. When approved, these expenses are paid, in whole or in part, by RTFC. 
RTFC provides for uniform allowance, pager, and pager insurance. 
Safety Items & Protective Clothing
Each firefighter is issued certain safety items and protective clothing for use in training and real situation duty. 
Drug Screen
RTFC promotes a drug free workplace, which includes drug testing. 
Physical Exams
Each firefighter is required to take an annual physical exam to determine and maintain fitness for the demands of a firefighter position. 
Regulatory Compliance
Administration by the Fire Company of an immunization program that includes the vaccinations Hepatitis B (booster) and flu shots. 
Training (In-Service)
All ERS firefighters are required to attend quarterly training provided by the RTFC Training Academy.