Paramedic Salary

Median pay for Paramedics in the United States is around $17.03 per hour. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Paramedics greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,872 - $66,992
$31K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,185
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$12.75 - $22.87
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MEDIAN: $17.06
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$0$66K
Salary $30,872 - $66,992
Bonus $174.00 - $8,844
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$29,279 - $59,794
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 531
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $12.75 - $22.87
Hourly Tips $1.50
Overtime $17.90 - $35.27
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $174.00 - $8,844
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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$29,279 - $59,794
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,422

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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

  • 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.
  • Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators in advanced life-support environments.
  • 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 Paramedic


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Paramedics may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $84K annually. A common career progression for a Paramedic is to become an Emergency Room Registered Nurse or a Paramedic Supervisor. Compared to Paramedics, the first group earns $20K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

Paramedic Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Paramedic


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Paramedics include American Medical Response, AMR Corp, Acadian Ambulance Service Incorporated, HCA, Inc., and EMS Group. For Paramedics, comfortable salaries can be found at AMR Corp; in fact, average earnings are around $51K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($39K versus $84K) is great. REMSA, EMS Group, and American Medical Response are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Paramedics earning around $48K, $46K, or $44K at each firm, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Florida Hospital ,Orlando Florida ($32K), Lifeguard Ambulance ($36K), and HCA, Inc. ($36K).

Popular Skills for Paramedic


Survey takers working as Paramedics report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Firefighter, Emergency Medicine, and Acute Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 20 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Emergency Room and Leadership, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Critical Care tend to be well versed in ACLS and Paramedic. Most people skilled in Emergency Medical Services are similarly competent in Paramedic and ACLS.

Pay by Experience Level for Paramedic

Pay by Experience for a Paramedic has a positive trend. An entry-level Paramedic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 934 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Paramedic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 618 salaries. An experienced Paramedic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 591 salaries. A Paramedic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 301 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,916

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

With a pay rate for Paramedics that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Paramedics will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+10 percent) and Atlanta (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (22 percent lower) and Los Angeles (15 percent lower).

Paramedic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Paramedic?

Paramedic in Oxford:
"Meh."
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: Everything. The pay. The living conditions. The work itself. The hours(48 hr shifts sometimes more.) everything.

Paramedic in Cleveland:
"Private Ems is a necessary evil."
Pros: Being able to talk and connect with patients in need.
Cons: Money makes the world go around, not the best care, pay or equipment.

Paramedic in Rochester:
"We do it because we love it, not for the money."
Pros: Helping others in their most desperate time of need.
Cons: The politics of a big hospital.

Paramedic in Wilmington:
Pros: Every day is different, critical thinking required!
Cons: Working in inclement weather.

Paramedic in Orlando:
"The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly."
Pros: Critical thinking, being able to assist in the care of patients.
Cons: The hours and days, not many hoildays off, long hours, being pulled in multiple directions. I wish I could clone myself most days.

Paramedic in Newark:
"Wont to improve my self."
Pros: Helping people's and save their lives.
Cons: Dangerous and require accuracy.

Paramedic in Florida:
"Like the work, wish the pay and benefits were better."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Pay and benefits.

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Key Stats for Paramedic

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Paramedic Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$41,000

▼1%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Paramedic Salaries

Firefighter
▲54%

Emergency Medicine
▲20%

Acute Care
▲5%


▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Cardiology
▼2%

Emergency/Trauma
▼2%

Leadership
▼8%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%
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