Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Earnings for Paramedics in the United States come in at around $12.99 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $9.69 per hour and $19.61. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. Male Paramedics are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Paramedics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,606 - $56,199
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $36,019
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$9.69 - $19.61
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,606 - $56,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
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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$20,996 - $50,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $19.61  
   
Overtime
$13.82 - $29.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$20,996 - $50,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $82K annually. Paramedics most often move into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $24K 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.


For Paramedics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $35K. Paramedics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $44K on average.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%
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