Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States earns approximately $16.00 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.90 per hour and $22.66. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,788 - $65,712
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,784
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$11.90 - $22.66
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,788 - $65,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
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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$27,287 - $57,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 651
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $22.66  
   
Overtime
$16.46 - $33.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
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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$27,287 - $57,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,500
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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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Paramedics sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $82K per year on average. It is quite typical for Paramedics to transition into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $21K and $8K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Paramedics flock to American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and EMS Group, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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 $32K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $69K.

Employees at Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated take home the smallest paychecks, and $36K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $31K and quickly nearing the top at only $50K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Paramedics seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in ACLS, Paramedic, Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency/Trauma. Experience with Critical Care is often linked with knowledge of Emergency Medical Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Paramedics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Paramedics, New York provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (6 percent less) and Orlando (4 percent less).

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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 8%

Paramedic
up arrow 5%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

Critical Care
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National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

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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