Paramedic Salary

Pay for Paramedics in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.27 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.06 per hour on the lower end to $22.78 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. For the most part, Paramedics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,419 - $68,091
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,766
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$12.06 - $22.78
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,419 - $68,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,713  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$28,049 - $58,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 785
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $22.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$17.26 - $34.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,713  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$28,049 - $58,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,785
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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

  • 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 some Paramedics move into positions like Physician Assistant (where the average salary is $83K), this progression is not the norm. Paramedics typically move into roles as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors, and those positions pay $20K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Many Paramedics can be found at American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and HCA, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Paramedics seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at American Medical Response, where the median salary comes to $46K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($32K) and those starting out ($69K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at AMR Corp, HCA, Inc., and Rural Metro Corp., where earnings of $46K, $44K, or $41K are standard for Paramedics.

Salaries are easily beat at Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, where median pay comes to just $36K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $31K and ending at $54K, range in salary is rather small. Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, EMS Group, and Medstar also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $39K, $40K, and $41K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey results suggest that Paramedics use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, ACLS, and Emergency Medicine are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency/Trauma. Most people experienced in Emergency Medical Services also know Paramedic and ACLS. Most people skilled in Critical Care are similarly competent in ACLS.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


Paramedics with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Paramedics see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $48K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,223

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

For Paramedics, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Fort Worth (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Dallas and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 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

Firefighter
up arrow 33%

ACLS
up arrow 6%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 1%

Paramedic
0%

National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 341 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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