Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $11.55 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.05 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.32 on the higher side. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than one-half. The majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (65 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$20,156 - $43,654
(Median)
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$44K
MEDIAN: $29,930
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$9.05 - $15.32
(Median)
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$15
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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Basic Emergency Medical Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Physician Assistant. The average Physician Assistant brings home $83K per year. The most common next step for a Basic Emergency Medical Technician is to become a Paramedic or a Paramedic. The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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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. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in search of the best pay head to U.S. Air Force (USAF), where the median salary rolls in at $35K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $47K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $30K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Fallon Ambulance, American Ambulance Service, and American Medical Response, top-paying firms where Basic Emergency Medical Technicians rake in a decent $31K, $30K, or $29K, respectively.

While select Rural / Metro Ambulance Services employees may bring in up to $35K, a median salary of only $25K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. AMR Corp, Rural Metro Corp., and Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $25K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Medical Services, and CPR are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Transport and CPR. Those familiar with Emergency Medical Services also tend to 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.


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 $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $32K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

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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