Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States take home approximately $11.40 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $8.94 per hour and $15.32. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians is high. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,078 - $44,883
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $29,799
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$8.94 - $15.32
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,078 - $44,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $978  
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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$19,246 - $37,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $15.32  
   
Overtime
$12.19 - $22.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $978  
   
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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$19,246 - $37,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,870
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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.

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Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $82K annually. Paramedics or Paramedics are common next-step roles for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Paramedics is $12K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Paramedics.

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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians include American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and Rural Metro Corp. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Fallon Ambulance offers the most; Basic Emergency Medical Technicians earn $31K on average there.

While select AMR Corp employees may bring in up to $40K, a median salary of only $25K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Job skills reported by Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are limited. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Medical Services, and CPR are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include CPR. Aptitude in Emergency Medical Services tends to also indicate an understanding of Emergency/Trauma.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $29K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $32K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$26,000


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

Critical Care
up arrow 11%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 4%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

CPR
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 232 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
3%

Common Health Benefits

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