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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.31 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.91 per hour to $15.32. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just under one-half claim dental coverage as well. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,901 - $43,882
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,653
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$8.91 - $15.32
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,901 - $43,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $981  
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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$19,159 - $37,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.91 - $15.32  
   
Overtime
$12.31 - $22.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $981  
   
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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$19,159 - $37,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,837

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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 earn $82K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Basic Emergency Medical Technician often leads to becoming a Paramedic or a Paramedic; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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


American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and Rural Metro Corp. are among the top companies that take on many Basic Emergency Medical Technicians. Fallon Ambulance offers the largest salaries in town — $31K on average.

Offering a median salary of only $24K, AMR Corp gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $20K to $40K isn't that wide, either.


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Emergency/Trauma and Emergency Medical Services are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Emergency Medical Services is often linked with knowledge 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.


For many Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

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)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
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: 38% employee benefits None: 37%
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