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

Paramedics in the United States pull down an average of $13.19 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.65 per hour and $19.47. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Paramedics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Health benefits are not claimed by all — between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary (?
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$24,207 - $54,035
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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary (?
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$9.65 - $19.47
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
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$24,207 - $54,035  
   
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$0.00 - $1,196  
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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$21,005 - $50,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$9.65 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $29.38  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $1,196  
   
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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$21,005 - $50,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 675
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Physician Assistant. The position pays an average $82K annually. Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses are common next-step roles for Paramedics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $28K higher on average, and it's $23K higher for Registered Nurses.

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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Paramedic with more than 20 years of experience can earn $44K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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New York
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National Average
$32,000
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For Paramedics, Houston provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent) and San Diego (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 2 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%