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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Average Paramedics in the United States make around $12.99 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.67 per hour, and the top verges on $19.48. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Paramedics survey respondents are men (71 percent). Job satisfaction for Paramedics is high. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,523 - $55,092
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,023
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90%

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$9.67 - $19.48
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,523 - $55,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
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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$20,962 - $50,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$13.81 - $29.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
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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$20,962 - $50,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610

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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

  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment, and replenish first-aid equipment and supplies.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
  • Administer complex first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.

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


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For Paramedics, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $82K annually. The most common next step for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse. The former position pays an additional $29K per year on average, and the latter position pays $24K more per year.

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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.


Paramedics with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Paramedics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Paramedic with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$32,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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