Paramedic Salary

Average Paramedics in the United States make around $16.01 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.90 per hour and $22.68. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Paramedics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,827 - $65,453

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$11.90 - $22.68

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,827 - $65,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
Profit Sharing
$570 - $2,543  
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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$27,306 - $57,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $22.68  
   
Overtime
$16.66 - $33.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
Profit Sharing
$570 - $2,543  
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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$27,306 - $57,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,506
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Job Description for Paramedic

Paramedics are essential employees in emergency response situations, as they are the ones who respond to emergencies, such as 911 calls, and provide immediate treatment and relocation to a hospital. Paramedics are required to be alert and think quickly, and they must be able to lift bodies onto gurneys and transport them from the scene of an accident to an ambulance, which makes the work of a paramedic both physically and mentally demanding. Paramedics must also be able to administer CPR to patients, stop bleeding, and even use special equipment to bring patients back to life. Paramedics typically work outdoors, and spend most of their time in either an ambulance or emergency response helicopter. They typically work for hospitals and similar facilities with other paramedics, as well as doctors and nurses.

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Paramedic Tasks

  • Administer complex first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
  • 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.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, and perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.

Common Career Paths for Paramedic


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While Paramedics do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $82K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Paramedic often leads to becoming an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Paramedic Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Dominating the field, American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and EMS Group are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Paramedics. The biggest paychecks can be found at American Medical Response — the median salary there is $45K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $31K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $69K.

Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $36K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $31K to $50K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey results show that Paramedics use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in ACLS, Paramedic, Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency/Trauma. Many workers who know Critical Care also know Emergency Medical Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


For many Paramedics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Paramedics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Paramedics, Phoenix offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%



National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

ACLS
up arrow 8%

Paramedic
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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