Salary for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Also known as:  Ambulance Driver-Paramedic, EMT, EMT-B, EMT-I/85, EMT-I/99, EMT-P, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

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The job of an emergency medical technician or paramedic is to assess patient needs in emergency scenarios, and provide care in order of severity. These professionals work to stabilize patient conditions in the field and en route to hospitals or emergency clinics. They may perform lifesaving maneuvers, manage airway functions, and administer intravenous fluids as necessary. Additionally, they may be required to extract individuals from motor vehicles that have been damaged in accidents, or deal with other potentially dangerous treatment situations. They are responsible for stocking and sterilizing emergency vehicles between emergencies, and must also maintain communication with dispatch centers and hospitals, as well as providing routine maintenance to emergency equipment. Specialized training and a high school diploma are necessary for this position. Many paramedics and emergency technicians also have some college training.

An Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic can get an average compensation between 24000 and 36000 depending on seniority. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics can earn average salaries of Thirty One Thousand Six Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics can obtain the highest salaries in the District of Columbia, which has an average pay rate of approximately $49870. People in this job function can make the most money in Educational Services, where they can get average pay of $60130.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.25 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $60,130
Educational Services $42,610
Manufacturing $41,030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $40,160
Public Administration $37,230
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $33,790
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $29,190
Other Services (except Public Administration) $29,250
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $30,450
Transportation and Warehousing $31,000
Health Care and Social Assistance $31,530
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $33,790
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