Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salary

Paramedics in the United States take home an average $13.31 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Male Paramedics who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. The majority of Paramedics claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$23,103 - $61,121
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$61K
MEDIAN: $36,131
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$9.97 - $18.66
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$0$61K
Salary $23,103 - $61,121
Bonus $9.93 - $3,523
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$21,274 - $48,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 174
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.97 - $18.66
Overtime $13.61 - $27.79
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $9.93 - $3,523
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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$21,274 - $48,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 562

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Job Description for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedics are the medical personnel that hold perhaps the most vital position in emergency medical care. Without their expertise, far more people would die before even making it to a hospital for treatment. While EMTs/Paramedics are not usually technically medical doctors, they can be thought of much as mobile emergency doctors. They are trained in all fields of personal injury and medical conditions.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Tasks

  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) or complete endotracheal intubations.
  • Administer oral or intravenous drugs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic


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Paramedics may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $84K annually. A common career progression for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse. Compared to Paramedics, the first group earns $30K more on average, and the second group earns $25K more.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Pay by Experience for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic has a positive trend. An entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 561 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 189 salaries. An experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 112 salaries. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,865

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

Home to some of the best pay for Paramedics, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Paramedics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in West Palm Beach, 14 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (8 percent less) and Chicago (6 percent less).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic?

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic in Colorado Springs:
Pros: The good thing about my job is that I am capable of saving lives, also I am becoming proficient in medical administration.
Cons: The hours are long.

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Key Stats for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Salaries

Critical Care
▲14%


National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 37%
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