The Salary of a CPR Instructor

by Greg Brian; Updated September 26, 2017
A CPR instructor's salary can become quite substantial in larger cities.

Knowing how to do Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation properly can be very important during an emergency. That’s why being a CPR instructor is an important and rewarding career. These professionals teach CPR techniques to ordinary citizens or those learning to be emergency medical technicians. In many cases, CPR instructors were former EMTs. But while CPR instructors usually earn more than EMTs, salaries can vary widely depending on where you live.

Median Salary

All emergency medical technicians and paramedics earned an average of $14.10 an hour as of 2008, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. MyMajors.com states that CPR instructors earn an average of about $52,790 a year, or $25.38 an hour. There is a big difference between the stress of a paramedic's job and the safety of CPR training in the confines of a classroom. Nevertheless, the pay increase is based on the completion of certification courses. Degree Directory states that you can only receive a CPR instructor certification if you have already completed an American Heart Association CPR certification and basic life support (or BLS) certification program.

Highest-Paying Cities

Bigger cities can net a CPR instructor substantial jumps in salary according to Salary Expert. If you live in Houston, Texas, you can earn $155,984 a year in this career. New York City is second at $146,074 a year. Miami, Florida also pays well, at $135,085.

Lowest-Paying Cities

In Phoenix, Arizona, a CPR instructor earns $79,134. Chicago, Illinois pays an average of $82,313 per year. Other cities around the $90,000 range include Charlotte, North Carolina at $90,830 and Dallas, Texas at $95,174.

Where CPR Instructors Work

CPR instructors sometimes volunteer their time teaching CPR at local fire houses or other locations. If you want to work as a CPR instructor full-time, Degree Directory says you can often find job listings in places like hospitals, universities or community centers.

About the Author

Greg Brian is a freelance writer who took his diverse writing skills to the Internet in 2007. He currently writes for various prestigious websites. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in business management from Trend Business College in 1993.

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