Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States take home an average $16.27 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.06 per hour and $22.78. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Paramedics claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to 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
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Paramedics do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $83K per year. When Paramedics are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $20K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Paramedics include American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and HCA, Inc. Paramedics flock to American Medical Response for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, American Medical Response also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $32K at one end to $69K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include AMR Corp, HCA, Inc., and Rural Metro Corp., where Paramedics typically earn around $46K, $44K, or $41K, respectively.

With a median salary of $36K, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated provides Paramedics with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $54K, limiting employee salary growth. Employees at Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, EMS Group, and Medstar can also expect below-average earnings of $39K, $40K, and $41K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey results suggest that Paramedics put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. People who know Emergency Medical Services usually also know Paramedic and ACLS. Most people familiar with Critical Care also know ACLS.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Paramedics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $40K. Paramedics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Paramedics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,223

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

Home to some of the best pay for Paramedics, New York offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Fort Worth (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+12 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (10 percent lower) and Orlando (9 percent lower).

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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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