Average pay for a Firefighter in 2009 was $70,721 plus benefits.
Add in the approximate $20,000 plus in benefits, and we find that the average Firefighter costs the city over $90,000 per firefighter. In contrast, Portsmouth Per Capita income is $37,969 in 2008 (Source US Census).
Note in the average we did not average in Young S.L. as that firefighter also received income from the Inspection Department.
Here are the Fire Dept. 2009 Salaries in detail. Source: Portsmouth City Budget information provided by City Manager Bohenko.