EMT Paramedic Salary

Ambulance crew loading patient for transport.  EMT Paramedics are the first to respond to accidents and disasters.

Ambulance crew loading patient for transport.  EMT Paramedics are the first to respond to accidents and disasters. 

The average Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Salary or Paramedic Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. EMT's or Paramedics work in a number of settings including hospitals, ambulance companies, fire & police departments, and schools.

The average salaries of EMT's or Paramedics may vary depending on the location and the setting. These medical professionals typically work in areas that provide emergency medical services. It should be mentioned that typically EMT's earn less than paramedics who have a higher level of training.


The average EMT or Paramedic median salary is $14.91 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $9.56 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $25 per hour.


On an annual basis the mean or average EMT or Paramedic Salary is $34,000. The lowest 10% earn a salary of $19,880 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $53,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.  Paramedic salaries will be on average 20% higher than EMT wages.

Lowest and Highest EMT Paramedic Salary

The lowest paid EMT or Paramedics earn less than $10.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and private ambulance companies. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the mean or average wage is over $34.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

 Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

Hourly Wage


$11.81 $14.91 $19.56 $25.74

Annual Wage

$20,180 $24,560 $31,020 $40,680 $53,550







The US BLS reports salaries for paramedics and EMT's as an average for both professions. The Paramedic earns an average of 20% more than an EMT.

Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn an EMT or Paramedic salary are District of Columbia $52,930, Alaska $51,570, Washington $50,980, Illinois $48,350, and Maryland $42,410.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an EMT or Paramedic salary are Tacoma WA $69,140, San Francisco CA $66,460, Olympia $66,210, Bremerton $59,290, and Chicago $57,170.

Click here to see salary for EMT-Paramedics in  all 50 states.


Video Series:  Healthcare Occupations and Salary

Other Industries that Employ EMT or Paramedics

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics usually work in doctor's offices, outpatient centers, and colleges / universities. Waste treatment, Jr Colleges, management and local government are other areas where EMTs and Paramedics may work.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 229,000 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics who earn a salary through being employed.

Where They Work

Of all the EMTs or Paramedic's employed in the United States over 180,000 of them work in settings outside of a hospital. This encompasses ambulance companies, fire departments and police departments. Hospitals account for almost 40,000 more.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Given the nature of the work these professionals perform EMT or Paramedic salaries are primarily employed in the public sector (i.e. fire departments) or in the private sector. This profession would rarely be considered self-employed.


Benefits vary but usually include 401K, vacation, short term disability, and other benefits

International Salary

United Kingdom(UK)[1]

Salaries are covered by the National Health Service (NHS) pay scales. Paramedic salaries start in Band 5, which ranges from £21,176-£27,625.

For team leaders or paramedics who have undertaken extended skills training in critical care or trauma, salaries are in Band 6: £25,528-£34,189. Some degree courses include this additional training however it is still likely that you would start your career at Band 5 progressing into Band 6 through an appraisal process when the additional skills have been evidenced in your work.

Employee benefits may include an NHS pension scheme, study leave for sponsored courses, relocation package and access to counselling services and physiotherapy treatment.

The emergency ambulance service is always open requiring paramedics to work in shifts to cover every hour of the day. Paramedics typically work 37.5 hours per week, usually including night and weekend shifts and cover for public holidays. There is usually an annual leave entitlement of 27 days, plus public holidays or time in lieu. Jobs are available in all NHS trust regions throughout the UK.


Ambulance paramedics are employed by hospitals, local governments, and privately-held ambulance services to bring emergency care to all people, and they are usually the first healthcare professionals on the scene. While many paramedics work in automobile ambulances, some work on "air ambulances," which are really helicopters that are designed especially for medical emergencies. Medical emergencies may include sudden illness, minor injuries, fires, criminal violence, injuries/casualties from car accidents, etc.

  • Starting salary: $50,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $73,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $61,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:18,200 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 21,900)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Paramedic (Ambulance) is 38.1 hours per week.
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Paramedic (Ambulance) include:NSW: 39.7%VIC: 24.8%QLD: 23.8%

Employment for Paramedics (Ambulance) has risen by a rate of 81.6% over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly through 2017.


Ambulance attendant, emergency medical attendant (EMA), emergency medical responder and paramedic constitute under this category.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $50,000 – $60,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta at $32.87 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $16 per hour.

Government data indicates that there will be enough job seekers for this profession for the near future.

[1] http://www.prospects.ac.uk/paramedic_salary.htm [2] http://www.open.edu.au/careers/healthcare-medical-pharmaceuticals/paramedics-ambulance [3] http://www.livingin-canada.com/salaries-for-ambulance-attendants-paramedics.html

› EMT/Paramedic Salary