Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

The average Basic Emergency Medical Technician in the United States earns approximately $11.55 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.05 per hour on the lower end to $15.32 on the higher end. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are male. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$20,156 - $43,654
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,930
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$9.05 - $15.32
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,156 - $43,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
Profit Sharing
$755  
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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$19,534 - $38,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $15.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.66 - $22.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
Profit Sharing
$755  
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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$19,534 - $38,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,056
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Job Description for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, work in an ambulance and respond to emergency situations. An entry-level EMT is also called an EMT-B, which means emergency medical technician-basic.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Tasks

  • Administer basic first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment, and replenish first-aid equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


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For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, 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 Basic Emergency Medical Technician is to become a Paramedic or a Paramedic. Compared to Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians flock to American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although salaries only range from $30K to just $47K, U.S. Air Force (USAF) still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $35K. Other big spenders include Fallon Ambulance, American Ambulance Service, and American Medical Response, top-paying firms where Basic Emergency Medical Technicians see paychecks nearing $31K, $30K, or $29K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Rural / Metro Ambulance Services offers the lowest median salary at $25K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $19K and $35K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at AMR Corp ($25K), Rural Metro Corp. ($26K), and Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated ($27K).

Popular Skills for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Survey takers who work as Basic Emergency Medical Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Medical Services, and CPR are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Transport and CPR. Most people who know Emergency Medical Services also know CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

CPR
up arrow 5%

Transport
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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