Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Earnings for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States come in at around $12.06 per hour on average. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Men make up the majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (68 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just under one-half have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,762 - $49,271
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$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,901
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$9.59 - $15.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,762 - $49,271  
   
Bonus
$19.57 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$54.50  
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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$20,452 - $39,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.59 - $15.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$13.02 - $23.02  
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
$19.57 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$54.50  
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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$20,452 - $39,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633

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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

  • 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.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


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For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $84K annually. Typical career progression for a Basic Emergency Medical Technician involves becoming a Paramedic or a Paramedic, roles that pay $11K more and $2K more on average.

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


American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Fallon Ambulance are all popular places to work. U.S. Army offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $36K. Other leaders in compensation levels are U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $36K, Rural Metro Corp. at $35K, and Care Ambulance, where Basic Emergency Medical Technicians annually earn $32K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lifeline Ambulance at $23K, and Rural / Metro Ambulance Services where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Basic Emergency Medical Technicians there earn up to $35K.

Popular Skills for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Survey results suggest that Basic Emergency Medical Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Emergency Response, and Transport are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CPR. The majority of those who know Emergency Medical Services also know CPR.

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

Pay by Experience for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic has a positive trend. An entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,433 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 382 salaries. An experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 221 salaries. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,506

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians that is 17 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Fort Worth (+9 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Orlando and Riverside also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

▲24%

▲12%

▲11%

National Average
$28,000

▼3%

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

Phlebotomy
▲19%

▲11%

Emergency Response
▲7%

Transport
▲5%

patient care
▲4%



basic life support
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

CPR
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 37%