Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.41 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.92 per hour, and the top verges on $15.31. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and slightly less than half claim dental coverage as well. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 66 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Basic Emergency Medical Technicians.

$20,321 - $45,015

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$8.92 - $15.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,321 - $45,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
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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$19,279 - $37,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$12.20 - $22.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$19,279 - $37,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,893
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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. A common career progression for a Basic Emergency Medical Technician is to become a Paramedic or a Paramedic. Compared to Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and Rural Metro Corp. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Fallon Ambulance offers the most; Basic Emergency Medical Technicians earn $31K on average there.

AMR Corp offers the least money; the median income there is just $25K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $20K and $40K.


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Medical Services, and CPR are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CPR. 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 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. On average, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians make $30K following one to two decades on the job. 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 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$26,000


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

Critical Care
up arrow 10%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000

CPR
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 37%
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