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Paramedic Salary (United States)

Paramedics in the United States pull down an average of $15.78 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.67 per hour, and the top verges on $22.67. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Paramedics claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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Paramedic Salary (?
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$29,266 - $63,870
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,657
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Paramedic Salary (?
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$11.67 - $22.67
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,266 - $63,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$595 - $3,052  
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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$26,589 - $57,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 589
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $34.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$595 - $3,052  
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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$26,589 - $57,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,335
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Paramedics move into roles as Physician Assistants, where pay is an average $82K per year. Career advancement for the typical Paramedic often leads to becoming a Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Paramedic Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

Paramedic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic

Employees of American Medical Response can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $48K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $35K to $71K.
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 $47K.

Typical Paramedics report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in ACLS, Paramedic, Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Paramedics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $46K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Phoenix
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Denver
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Houston
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Fort Worth
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Atlanta
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Nashville
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Austin
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Indianapolis
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Orlando
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Chicago
0%
National Average
$39,000
Oklahoma City
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Cleveland
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Dallas
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Albuquerque
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For Paramedics, New York provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+16 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Fort Worth (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Albuquerque is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Dallas and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

ACLS
up arrow 11%
Paramedic
up arrow 6%
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
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Critical Care
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National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 19%