Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Pay for Paramedics in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.09 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths.

$22,227 - $60,426
$22K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,286
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50%
90%

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$9.85 - $18.30
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,227 - $60,426  
   
Bonus
$48.48 - $3,606  
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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$21,071 - $48,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $18.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$13.59 - $26.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$48.48 - $3,606  
   
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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$21,071 - $48,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 599

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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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As Paramedics transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $84K on average per year. A common career progression for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse. Compared to Paramedics, the first group earns $30K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

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

Pay by Experience for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic has a positive trend. An entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 561 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 189 salaries. An experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 112 salaries. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,807

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

For Paramedics, Houston provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+22 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). West Palm Beach is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Detroit and Chicago (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
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Critical Care
▲14%


National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 38%