The average Basic Emergency Medical Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.95 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by just under a half. For the most part, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (68 percent) who took the survey are men.

$19,880 - $45,251
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MEDIAN: $30,443
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$9.42 - $15.62
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,880 - $45,251  
   
Bonus
$5.30 - $2,909  
Total Pay (?
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$20,242 - $38,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $15.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$12.71 - $22.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$5.30 - $2,909  
   
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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$20,242 - $38,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,698
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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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At the upper end, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. When Basic Emergency Medical Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Paramedics or Paramedics. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $3K, respectively.

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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Basic Emergency Medical Technicians include American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and American Ambulance Service. For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Army; in fact, median earnings sit around $36K, the highest in the area. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians will also find cushy salaries at U.S. Air Force (USAF) (+$36K), Rural Metro Corp. (+$35K), and Care Ambulance (+$32K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Lifeline Ambulance ($23K), EMS Group ($23K), and Rural / Metro Ambulance Services ($25K).

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, facility with Phlebotomy, Critical Care, and Emergency Response are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include CPR. Those educated in Emergency Medical Services tend to be well versed in CPR.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians make a median salary of $31K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $32K.

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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
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National Average
$27,000


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

Phlebotomy
up arrow 21%

Critical Care
up arrow 14%

Emergency Response
up arrow 9%

Transport
up arrow 6%

patient care
up arrow 5%

basic life support
up arrow 4%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

CPR
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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