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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

An average Basic Emergency Medical Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.33 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.92 per hour, and the top verges on $15.33. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. More than half of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (66 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Basic Emergency Medical Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one-half get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,911 - $44,316
(Median)
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$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,738
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$8.92 - $15.33
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,911 - $44,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $973  
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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$19,186 - $37,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $15.33  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $22.56  
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 - $973  
   
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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$19,186 - $37,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,851
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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. 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


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. The biggest paychecks can be found at Fallon Ambulance — the median salary there is $31K.

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.


Survey takers who work as Basic Emergency Medical Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Emergency/Trauma and Emergency Medical Services are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Emergency Medical Services tend to be skilled in Emergency/Trauma as well.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

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 234 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

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: 38% employee benefits None: 37%
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