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Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States pull down an average of $15.96 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.87 per hour and $22.86. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Paramedics is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,577 - $65,149
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$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,318
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$11.87 - $22.86
(Median)
$12
$16
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,577 - $65,149  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,758  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $26,250  
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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$27,047 - $57,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $22.86  
   
Overtime
$16.35 - $33.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,758  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $26,250  
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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$27,047 - $57,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,410

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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. Paramedics most often move into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $21K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

Paramedic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Although American Medical Response boasts the highest average salary in town at $45K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $32K or as much as $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.


Professional skills reported by Paramedics are few in number. Most notably, skills in ACLS, Paramedic, Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For Paramedics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Paramedics bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Paramedics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Paramedics, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+26 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Cleveland and Oklahoma City also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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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 295 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
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%