Paramedic Salary

For Paramedics, hourly average wages total $16.71 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Paramedics who answered the questionnnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,516 - $66,685
$31K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,301
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$12.38 - $22.41
$12
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MEDIAN: $16.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,516 - $66,685  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $8,940  
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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$28,885 - $58,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 605
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $22.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$17.54 - $34.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$151.01 - $8,940  
   
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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$28,885 - $58,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,530

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $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


American Medical Response, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, HCA, Inc., and EMS Group are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Paramedics. Paramedics seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at AMR Corp, where the median salary comes to $51K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($39K) and those starting out ($84K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries at EMS Group (+$46K), Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated (+$45K), and American Medical Response (+$44K).

Workers at Florida Hospital ,Orlando Florida, Lifeguard Ambulance, and HCA, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $33K, $36K, and $37K respectively.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Paramedics report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, Emergency Medicine, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 21 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency/Trauma. Those who learned Emergency Medical Services also tend to know Paramedic and ACLS. Most people skilled in Critical Care are similarly competent in ACLS and Paramedic.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. For Paramedics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Paramedics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,399

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

Home to some of the best pay for Paramedics, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Riverside (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and New York (+2 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Paramedic's salary, with Orlando Paramedics earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers in Florida and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

Firefighter
▲72%

Emergency Medicine
▲21%



Paramedic
▼0%

ACLS
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Cardiology
▼1%

Emergency/Trauma
▼14%

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
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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