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

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic earns an average wage of $13.69 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Total Pay (?
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$24,418 - $57,078
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MEDIAN: $36,479
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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Total Pay (?
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$9.65 - $19.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,418 - $57,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,493  
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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$21,105 - $51,188  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$14.02 - $29.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,493  
   
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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$21,105 - $51,188  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,116
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
New York
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Austin
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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National Average
$33,000
Denver
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Chicago
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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
$33,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

National Average
$33,000
Emergency/Trauma
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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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