Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States pull down an average of $13.30 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Paramedics. Paramedics who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent.

$22,406 - $59,636
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$36K
$60K
MEDIAN: $35,985
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$9.93 - $18.47
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MEDIAN: $13.30
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$0$59K
Salary $22,406 - $59,636
Bonus $12.08 - $3,973
Total Pay (?
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$21,254 - $47,872
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.93 - $18.47
Hourly Tips $0.59
Overtime $13.70 - $27.18
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $12.08 - $3,973
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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$21,254 - $47,872
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 586

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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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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. Paramedics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $30K higher and $25K higher, respectively.

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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: $30,857

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Paramedics, 38 percent higher than the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in West Palm Beach, 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (8 percent less) and Chicago (6 percent less).

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
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲16%

▲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 70 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 36%
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