Paramedics in the United States can expect wages of $16.65 per hour on average. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Paramedics. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,559 - $67,283
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,640
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$12.42 - $22.41
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,559 - $67,283  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$28,946 - $58,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $22.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$17.72 - $34.02  
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
$99.33 - $5,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$28,946 - $58,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,544
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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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At the upper end, Paramedics who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. Emergency Room Registered Nurses or Paramedic Supervisors are common next-step roles for Paramedics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Emergency Room Registered Nurses is $20K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Paramedic Supervisors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Many Paramedics can be found at American Medical Response, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, AMR Corp, HCA, Inc., and EMS Group, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of AMR Corp can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $39K to $84K. Also paying near the top of the field are EMS Group at $46K, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated at $45K, and American Medical Response, where Paramedics annually earn $44K.

Employees at Florida Hospital ,Orlando Florida, Lifeguard Ambulance, and HCA, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $33K, $37K, and $38K.

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey results suggest that Paramedics put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, Emergency Medicine, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 22 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency/Trauma. Most people experienced in Emergency Medical Services also know Paramedic and ACLS. It is often found that people who know Critical Care are also skilled 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Paramedics see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,474

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

For Paramedics, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chattanooga (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Richmond (+2 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Florida and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 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

Firefighter
up arrow 71%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 22%


ACLS
up arrow 4%

Cardiology
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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 1%

Paramedic
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National Average
$40,000

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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