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Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States earns approximately $15.96 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.84 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.76 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. For the most part, Paramedics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,541 - $65,179
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$65K
MEDIAN: $42,344
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$11.84 - $22.76
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,541 - $65,179  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,726  
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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$27,032 - $57,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $22.76  
   
Overtime
$16.35 - $33.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,726  
   
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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$27,032 - $57,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,446

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Job Description for Paramedic

A paramedic is an integral part of the first response team when an emergency call is made. Upon arrival, the paramedic will immediately perform diagnostic procedures and begin preliminary treatment that will aid the patient before and during the ambulance ride to the hospital. This requires critical thinking to make the right diagnosis and identify the right treatment, which will entail the administration of complex first-aid treatment and life support medical care for the patient before he or she reaches the hospital. The paramedic must be able to coordinate with other members of the emergency medical team and with the police and fire department members who might be on-scene after a 911 call. The job also includes basic routine maintenance of emergency vehicles and communications used by the paramedic, and the employee must ensure that his or her ambulance stays stocked with functioning first-aid equipment and supplies. A paramedic must be able to operate equipment such as electrocardiograms, external defibrillators, and bag-valve mask resuscitators, and must be able to effectively use that equipment in stressful advanced life-support situations. This member of the team will also be responsible for administrating drugs either orally or by injection, and will often be required to perform intravenous procedures under a doctor’s supervision. As the job requires a uniform, a paramedic must maintain the uniform and keep it clean and intact. Before becoming a paramedic, an applicant must complete basic and intermediate EMT training programs or earn an associate of applied sciences degree in the appropriate paramedic or EMT academic program. This can take one to two years to complete.


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 not commonly seen, Paramedics who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $82K per year. Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors are common next-step roles for Paramedics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $21K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Paramedic Supervisors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Many Paramedics can be found at American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and EMS Group, firms that are at the top of the field. Although AMR Corp leads the field in pay with a median salary of $44K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $34K on the low end all the way up to $78K at the top.


Paramedics who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. Competency in Critical Care frequently indicates knowledge of Emergency Medical Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


For Paramedics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $47K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Paramedics, 32 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+26 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%



National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

ACLS
up arrow 6%

Paramedic
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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