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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

For Paramedics, hourly average wages total $13.12 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.66 per hour on the low end to $19.50 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Paramedics survey respondents are men (71 percent). Most Paramedics like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$23,629 - $54,382
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,069
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$9.66 - $19.50
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,629 - $54,382  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,100  
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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$20,945 - $49,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $19.50  
   
Overtime
$13.80 - $29.74  
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 - $1,100  
   
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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$20,945 - $49,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 621

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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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At the upper end, Paramedics who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $82K per year. Paramedics most often move into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $23K higher, 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.


Paramedics with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. On average, Paramedics make $40K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Paramedic generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $44K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$32,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 124 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%