Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Median pay for Paramedics in the United States is around $12.88 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.67 per hour on the low end to $19.06 on the high end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Paramedics report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$22,551 - $58,763
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,342
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$9.67 - $19.06
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$22,551 - $58,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,919 - $49,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$13.47 - $28.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$20,919 - $49,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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 $83K annually. Paramedics typically move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses, and those positions pay $29K more and $24K more, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Paramedics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,135

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

Home to some of the best pay for Paramedics, New York offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Boston and Orlando (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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