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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.97 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.68 per hour, and the top verges on $19.55. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Most Paramedics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,512 - $55,135
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,008
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$9.68 - $19.55
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,512 - $55,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$20,990 - $50,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $19.55  
   
Overtime
$13.89 - $29.88  
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 - $1,030  
   
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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$20,990 - $50,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
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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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Paramedics' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $82K per year. When Paramedics are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses. Those roles pay an additional $29K and $24K, 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 tend to enjoy 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 $35K. Paramedics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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 12%

National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%
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