Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary (United States)

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic earns an average wage of $13.53 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary (?
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$24,465 - $55,700
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MEDIAN: $36,406
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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary (?
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$9.65 - $19.48
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,465 - $55,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,211  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,250  
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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$21,022 - $50,359  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$13.84 - $29.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,211  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,250  
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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$21,022 - $50,359  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 726
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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.

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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.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Diego
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National Average
$32,000
Los Angeles
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Orlando
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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
$32,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%
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