Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Median pay for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.40 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.94 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.31 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Although more than half have medical coverage and a little less than one-half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$20,340 - $44,608
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $29,866
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$8.94 - $15.31
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,340 - $44,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $967  
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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$19,302 - $37,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $22.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $967  
   
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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$19,302 - $37,405  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,873
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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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For Basic Emergency Medical Technicians, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $82K annually. Paramedics or Paramedics are common next-step roles for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Paramedics is $12K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Paramedics.

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


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians fill the offices of leading firms American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, and Rural Metro Corp. 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.

Offering a median of only $25K, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $19K on the lower end and $35K on the higher end.


Typical 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. Emergency Medical Services and Emergency/Trauma are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $32K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 4%

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 232 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

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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