Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $12.21 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. Male Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (66 percent) are men. The majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,551 - $49,309
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MEDIAN: $30,715
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$9.74 - $16.36
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$0$49K
Salary $19,551 - $49,309
Bonus $3.25 - $1,965
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$20,618 - $40,111
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 254
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $9.74 - $16.36
Hourly Tips $0.37
Overtime $13.35 - $23.37
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $3.25 - $1,965
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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$20,618 - $40,111
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,627

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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. The most common next step for a Basic Emergency Medical Technician is to become a Paramedic or a Paramedic. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Job Listings

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


Many Basic Emergency Medical Technicians can be found at American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Fallon Ambulance, firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, U.S. Army offers the most; Basic Emergency Medical Technicians earn $36K on average there. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($36K), Rural Metro Corp. ($35K), and Care Ambulance ($32K).

Other low-paying employers include Lifeline Ambulance at $23K and Rural / Metro Ambulance Services at $25K, though 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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Emergency Response, and Transport are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CPR. It is often found that people who know Emergency Medical Services are also skilled in 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: $27,810

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

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Fort Worth (+8 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and Riverside also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic?

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic in Dallas:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping people and working in the field.
Cons: Same task every day would like to be in trauma.

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Key Stats for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

▲23%

▲10%

▲10%

National Average
$28,000

▼4%

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

Phlebotomy
▲18%


Emergency Response
▲6%

Transport
▲4%

patient care
▲3%



National Average
$28,000

basic life support
▼2%

CPR
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 37%
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