Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States earns approximately $12.90 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.67 per hour and $19.45. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,708 - $57,427

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$9.67 - $19.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$23,708 - $57,427  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Total Pay (?
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$20,972 - $50,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
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Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.45  
   
Overtime
$13.75 - $29.46  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$20,972 - $50,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 591
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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 who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $82K 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 pay tend to be weakly linked for Paramedics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. Paramedics bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Paramedics in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+14 percent), Richmond (+13 percent), Denver (+6 percent), and Phoenix (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Boston. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (5 percent lower) and Orlando (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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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: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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