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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 $11.29 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.89 per hour and $15.34. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-half. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. Most Basic Emergency Medical Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction.

$19,921 - $43,440
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,574
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$8.89 - $15.34
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,921 - $43,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
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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$19,140 - $37,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.89 - $15.34  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $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 - $992  
   
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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$19,140 - $37,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818

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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 who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $82K annually. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians most often move into positions as Paramedics or Paramedics; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Job Listings

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians. For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Fallon Ambulance; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area.

The pay scale is far from balanced at AMR Corp. While salaries on one end can reach $40K, the company's median pay sits at $24K, the lowest in the field.


Professional skills reported by Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are few in number. Emergency/Trauma and Emergency Medical Services are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Emergency Medical Services frequently indicates 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

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
19%
1-4 years
55%
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: 37% employee benefits None: 37%