Paramedics in the United States take home an average $13.01 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Most Paramedics report high levels of job satisfaction.

$22,076 - $60,304
$22K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $36,927
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$9.84 - $18.24
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,076 - $60,304  
   
Bonus
$49.32 - $3,548  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,013 - $48,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $18.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$13.35 - $26.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$49.32 - $3,548  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,013 - $48,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 601

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Job Description for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedics are the medical personnel that hold perhaps the most vital position in emergency medical care. Without their expertise, far more people would die before even making it to a hospital for treatment. While EMTs/Paramedics are not usually technically medical doctors, they can be thought of much as mobile emergency doctors. They are trained in all fields of personal injury and medical conditions.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Tasks

  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) or complete endotracheal intubations.
  • Administer oral or intravenous drugs.
  • Administer complex first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment, and replenish first-aid equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic


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Paramedics who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year. Paramedics most often move into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $30K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $33K. Paramedics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,762

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Paramedics, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in West Palm Beach. Employers in Detroit and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic?

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic in Colorado Springs:
Pros: The good thing about my job is that I am capable of saving lives, also I am becoming proficient in medical administration.
Cons: The hours are long.

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Key Stats for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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