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Entry-Level Paramedic Salary (United States)

The average Paramedic earns approximately $14.86 per hour. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Male Entry-Level Paramedics are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Entry-Level Paramedic Salary (?
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$24,923 - $53,001
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,240
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Entry-Level Paramedic Salary (?
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$10.73 - $20.16
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,923 - $53,001  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,004  
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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$24,810 - $50,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $20.16  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $30.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,004  
   
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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$24,810 - $50,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 636
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Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Nashville
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Houston
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Atlanta
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Oklahoma City
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National Average
$36,000
Dallas
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Cleveland
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Akron
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Entry-Level Paramedics will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Entry-Level Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+18 percent) and Houston (+16 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Akron is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Paramedic Salaries

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
up arrow 5%
Critical Care
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%