Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Pay for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.19 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. The majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (66 percent) survey respondents are male. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and slightly less than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Basic Emergency Medical Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$19,746 - $48,904
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$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,738
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$9.79 - $16.47
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$0$48K
Salary $19,746 - $48,904
Bonus $3.39 - $2,020
Profit Sharing $22,778
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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$20,735 - $40,402
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 259
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $9.79 - $16.47
Hourly Tips $0.37
Overtime $13.46 - $23.47
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $3.39 - $2,020
Profit Sharing $22,778
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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$20,735 - $40,402
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,644

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Job Description for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, work in an ambulance and respond to emergency situations. An entry-level EMT is also called an EMT-B, which means emergency medical technician-basic.

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Tasks

  • Administer basic first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment, and replenish first-aid equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


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Basic Emergency Medical Technicians who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $84K annually. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians most often move into positions as Paramedics or Paramedics; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians flock to American Medical Response, Rural / Metro Ambulance Services, AMR Corp, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Fallon Ambulance, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at U.S. Army — the median salary there is $36K. U.S. Air Force (USAF), Rural Metro Corp., and Care Ambulance also offer top salaries for Basic Emergency Medical Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $36K, $35K, and $32K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lifeline Ambulance at $23K, and Rural / Metro Ambulance Services where $25K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Basic Emergency Medical Technicians there earn up to $35K.

Popular Skills for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic


Basic Emergency Medical Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Emergency Response, and Transport are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include CPR. Most people who know Emergency Medical Services also know CPR.

Pay by Experience Level for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Pay by Experience for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic has a positive trend. An entry-level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,433 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 382 salaries. An experienced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 221 salaries. An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,119

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

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Basic Emergency Medical Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Fort Worth (+8 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando and Riverside (13 percent lower).

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Reviews

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

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic in Hampton:
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Pros: The work isn't too physically demanding and the people we meet are extremely interesting.
Cons: Management isn't the best.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic in Dallas:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping people and working in the field.
Cons: Same task every day would like to be in trauma.

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Key Stats for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

▲21%

▲9%

▲9%

National Average
$28,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salaries

Phlebotomy
▲17%


Emergency Response
▲5%

Transport
▲2%

patient care
▲1%


National Average
$28,000


basic life support
▼3%

CPR
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 38%
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