Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States pull down an average of $12.92 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.67 per hour and $19.57. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. Most Paramedics report high levels of job satisfaction.

$23,662 - $57,522
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $36,261
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$9.67 - $19.57
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$23,662 - $57,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
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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$20,951 - $50,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.57  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $29.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
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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$20,951 - $50,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 595
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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.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) or complete endotracheal intubations.
  • Administer oral or intravenous drugs.

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 $82K 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 $29K more on average, and the second group earns $24K more.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $45K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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