Median pay for Paramedics in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.95 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Paramedics. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,206 - $59,429
(Median)
$22K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,761
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$9.74 - $18.28
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$22,206 - $59,429  
   
Bonus
$48.94 - $3,575  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$20,929 - $48,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $18.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$13.54 - $26.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$48.94 - $3,575  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$20,929 - $48,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 588
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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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At the upper end, Paramedics who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. Paramedics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Registered Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $30K higher and $25K 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Paramedics see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $38K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,774

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Paramedics, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 19 percent below the national average. Employers in Detroit and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Reviews

What is it like working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic?

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic in Colorado Springs:
Pros: The good thing about my job is that I am capable of saving lives, also I am becoming proficient in medical administration.
Cons: The hours are long.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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