Paramedic Salary

The average Paramedic in the United States earns approximately $16.00 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.89 per hour, and the top verges on $22.66. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Close to a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,787 - $65,560
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,869
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$11.89 - $22.66
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,787 - $65,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,528  
Profit Sharing
$570 - $2,543  
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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$27,259 - $57,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $22.66  
   
Overtime
$16.59 - $33.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$570 - $2,543  
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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$27,259 - $57,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,497
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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. Paramedics moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, and EMS Group are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Paramedics. Employees of American Medical Response can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $45K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $32K to $69K.

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 $50K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Paramedics report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in ACLS, Paramedic, Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency/Trauma. 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.


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 $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Paramedics see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


For Paramedics, working in the bustling city of Phoenix has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Denver (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Cleveland and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

ACLS
up arrow 8%

Paramedic
up arrow 5%

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 2%

Critical Care
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National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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