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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Average Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States make around $11.14 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.83 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.32 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians is high. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than one-half. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$19,840 - $44,197
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MEDIAN: $29,478
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$19,840 - $44,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
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$19,030 - $37,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $15.32  
   
Overtime
$12.18 - $22.60  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
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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$19,030 - $37,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818
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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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As Basic Emergency Medical Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants on average earn $82K per year. Paramedics or Paramedics are common next-step roles for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Paramedics is $4K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Paramedics.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Job Listings

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


Many Basic Emergency Medical Technicians can be found at American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and Rural Metro Corp., firms that are at the top of the field. Although American Medical Response boasts the highest average salary in town at $28K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $39K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — AMR Corp offers the lowest median salary at $23K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $20K and $40K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who took the survey. Emergency/Trauma and Emergency Medical Services are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Emergency/Trauma is a skill commonly found among those who know Emergency Medical Services.

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

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


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $33K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000


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

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 4%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 38%