Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.01 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Male Paramedics are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Paramedics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,629 - $66,771
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MEDIAN: $44,801
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$12.68 - $22.67
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$0$66K
Salary $30,629 - $66,771
Bonus $171.62 - $8,909
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$29,135 - $59,335
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 562
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $12.68 - $22.67
Hourly Tips $1.50
Overtime $17.75 - $35.38
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $171.62 - $8,909
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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$29,135 - $59,335
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,483

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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

  • 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.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators in advanced life-support environments.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Paramedic


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Paramedics who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $84K annually. A common career progression for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Paramedic Supervisor. Compared to Paramedics, the first group earns $20K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


American Medical Response, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, HCA, Inc., and EMS Group are top-notch employers for Paramedics in this area. Paramedics flock to AMR Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $51K lead the pack in compensation; however, AMR Corp also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $39K at one end to $84K at the other end. REMSA, EMS Group, and American Medical Response are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Paramedics earning around $48K, $46K, or $44K at each firm, respectively.

Florida Hospital ,Orlando Florida, Lifeguard Ambulance, and HCA, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $32K, $36K, and $36K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey results imply that Paramedics deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, Emergency Medicine, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 20 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Emergency Room and Leadership, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know Emergency Medical Services also know Paramedic and ACLS. Those familiar with Critical Care also tend to know ACLS and Paramedic.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

Pay by Experience for a Paramedic has a positive trend. An entry-level Paramedic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 934 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paramedic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 618 salaries. An experienced Paramedic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 591 salaries. A Paramedic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 301 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,769

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Paramedics, 17 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+10 percent) and Atlanta (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Paramedics is geography, with workers in Columbus earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (22 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Paramedic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paramedic?

Paramedic in Oxford:
"Meh."
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: Everything. The pay. The living conditions. The work itself. The hours(48 hr shifts sometimes more.) everything.

Paramedic in Cleveland:
"Private Ems is a necessary evil."
Pros: Being able to talk and connect with patients in need.
Cons: Money makes the world go around, not the best care, pay or equipment.

Paramedic in Rochester:
"We do it because we love it, not for the money."
Pros: Helping others in their most desperate time of need.
Cons: The politics of a big hospital.

Paramedic in Wilmington:
Pros: Every day is different, critical thinking required!
Cons: Working in inclement weather.

Paramedic in Orlando:
"The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly."
Pros: Critical thinking, being able to assist in the care of patients.
Cons: The hours and days, not many hoildays off, long hours, being pulled in multiple directions. I wish I could clone myself most days.

Paramedic in Newark:
"Wont to improve my self."
Pros: Helping people's and save their lives.
Cons: Dangerous and require accuracy.

Paramedic in Florida:
"Like the work, wish the pay and benefits were better."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Pay and benefits.

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Key Stats for Paramedic

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

▼0%

National Average
$41,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

Firefighter
▲55%

Emergency Medicine
▲20%

Acute Care
▲5%


▲2%

▲1%


National Average
$41,000

Cardiology
▼1%

Emergency/Trauma
▼1%

Leadership
▼8%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 18%
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