Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States take home approximately $16.77 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Paramedics survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most Paramedics report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,503 - $65,999
$31K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,413
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$12.47 - $22.30
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,503 - $65,999  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $5,250  
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$28,938 - $58,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $22.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$17.57 - $34.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$100.00 - $5,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$28,938 - $58,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,462

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $84K annually. Paramedics most often move into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $20K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Paramedics include American Medical Response, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, HCA, Inc., and EMS Group. The biggest paychecks can be found at AMR Corp — the median salary there is $51K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $39K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $84K. REMSA, EMS Group, and American Medical Response also offer top salaries for Paramedics. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $48K, $46K, and $44K, respectively.

Florida Hospital ,Orlando Florida, Lifeguard Ambulance, and HCA, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $32K, $36K, and $36K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Paramedics seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, Emergency Medicine, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent, 21 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Emergency Room and Leadership as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. A tool kit that includes Emergency Medical Services also typically contains Paramedic and ACLS. For most people, competency in Critical Care indicates knowledge of ACLS and Paramedic.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Paramedics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Paramedic with more than 20 years of experience can earn $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,438

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

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Paramedics, 18 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+11 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), New York (+3 percent), and Dallas (+1 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Paramedics earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (21 percent lower) and Los Angeles (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Paramedic

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 208 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

▲16%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

Firefighter
▲56%

Emergency Medicine
▲21%

Acute Care
▲6%


▲2%


▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Cardiology
▼1%

Emergency/Trauma
▼1%

Leadership
▼7%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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