Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.88 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.67 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.06 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Paramedics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,551 - $58,763
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,342
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$9.67 - $19.06
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$22,551 - $58,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$20,919 - $49,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $19.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$13.47 - $28.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$20,919 - $49,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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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For Paramedics, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $83K annually. A common career progression for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse. Compared to Paramedics, the first group earns $29K more on average, and the second group earns $24K more.

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Paramedics bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,135

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

For Paramedics, New York provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston and Orlando (3 percent lower).

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

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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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