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Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States take home an average $15.97 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.86 per hour and $22.73. While tenure and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Paramedics is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,598 - $64,999
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,394
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$11.86 - $22.73
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
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
$29,598 - $64,999  
   
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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$27,119 - $57,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 649
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $22.73  
   
Overtime
$16.38 - $33.57  
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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$27,119 - $57,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,464

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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 moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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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 AMR Corp — the median salary there is $44K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $34K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $78K.


Paramedics only report a few 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency/Trauma. Aptitude in Critical Care tends to also indicate an understanding of Emergency Medical Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


Paramedics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. For Paramedics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Paramedics, 30 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+26 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Cleveland and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 3 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 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 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 290 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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