How Much Do Paramedics Make Annually?

by Aurelio Locsin - Updated September 26, 2017

Paramedics provide emergency medical treatment at the scenes of accidents and emergency. They often transport the patient to an emergency room or other facility where he can be treated by a doctor. A high school diploma is needed to enter a training program. All 50 states mandate a license that must be renewed every two or three years.

Income

As of May 2009, paramedics made a median hourly wage of $14.42, which is a yearly salary of $30,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earn $9.31, or $19,360, while the highest 10 percent make $24.74, or $51,460.

Industries

The industry type can determine income. This job's best-paying are support activities for mining, with salaries at $55,380; waste treatment and disposal at $51,610; state government at $49,560; iron and steel mills, and ferroalloy manufacturing at $43,530; and medical and diagnostic laboratories at $42,010.

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States

The state in which a job is performed dictates pay. This job's highest-paying are Hawaii, with rates at $47,380; Alaska at $46,630; Oregon at $43,220; Washington at $41,830; and Maryland at $41,150.

Cities

The city of employment also influences pay, with the five best paying located in Tacoma, Washington, where pay runs at $71,550; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, at $67,520; Olympia, Washington, at $53,090; Portsmouth, New Hampshire-Maine at $49,890; and Racine, Wisconsin, at $49,750.

Opportunities and Pay

The areas with the greatest employment numbers do not match those for high salaries as shown by the following examples. The industries having the most employment are other ambulatory health care services, with compensation at $30,110, and local government, at $36,780. The states with the greatest concentration of jobs are Missouri, with salaries at $32,630, and West Virginia at $23,860. The cities with the biggest concentration of paramedics are Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with wages at $21,460, and Ocean City, New Jersey, at $31,270.

2016 Salary Information for EMTs and Paramedics

Emts and paramedics earned a median annual salary of $32,670 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, emts and paramedics earned a 25th percentile salary of $25,850, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $42,710, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 248,000 people were employed in the U.S. as emts and paramedics.

About the Author

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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