How Much Do EMTs & Paramedics Make?

In Career Advice, Technician & Technologist
October 25, 2017

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If you’re entertaining becoming a paramedic or EMT in the future, we’ve put together this little salary guide just for you! Take an in-depth look at what we can expect from job growth and salaries of this position will look like for the coming years.

Emergency Medical Technicians are those who respond to emergency situations and evaluate patients at the scene, treating them, and assisting in their transport to a nearby medical facility. These healthcare professionals spend the majority of their time in ambulances and medical helicopters, racing to the next urgent situation.

Their primary responsibilities include administering CPR and oxygen, treating diabetic patients and those who are undergoing an allergic reaction, and safely transporting patients to the proper facility. More advanced functions they may perform include administering medications, starting intravenous lines, and on-scene care for trauma patients.

How Much Do EMTs & Paramedics Make?

How much an paramedics can make via salary varies depending on the location of the job, experience of the individual, and the current demand.

Use the table at the end of this article to find out whether your state, or the state you eventually want to work in, pays its EMTs above or below the national average.

As represented in the graph below, EMTs and paramedics can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $18.67, or $38,833 per year:
Paramedic & EMT Salary

Return on Investment for EMTs & Paramedics

In order to become an emergency medical technician/paramedic, you must first complete a basic EMT course, then earn the required certification determined by your state, and complete advanced EMT training which consists of 36 hours of coursework. Compared to some other healthcare professions, like physicians, you can become an EMT without taking out much debt, but your salary potential is significantly lower.

According to USA Today, the average American household income for someone who’s single is $34,940, grouping EMTs and paramedics with 45% of the population.

Best States for EMT & Paramedic Salaries

A major factor in determining what your salary may look like is the location in which you plan to work. However, this principle applies to nearly all occupations largely due to the varying cost-of-living rates across the country.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary and employment data for nearly all positions, nationwide. The following table includes all data compiled from the BLS from each state including total number of jobs and wages as of May 2016.

Search or sort the table to find out what you can expect to make if emergency medicine is in your future:

*Location quotients serve as a statistical representation of the concentration of a resource, like jobs, with a broader base area.

StateEmploymentEmployment per 1,000 jobsLocation quotientHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama4,0102.101.20$13.78$28,670
Alaska3301.020.58$26.10$54,290
Arizona4,0501.530.87$17.03$35,430
Arkansas2,1201.781.02$13.83$28,770
California18,1101.130.65 $18.16$37,770
Colorado4,2901.710.98$20.33$42,280
Connecticut3,2801.971.13$22.27$46,320
D.C.1,4402.051.18$27.84$57,900
Delaware1,450 3.281.88 $18.82$39,140
Florida10,3301.260.77$15.27$31,750
Georgia9,0302.141.23$15.88$33,030
Hawaii8401.33 0.76$23.89$49,680
Idaho9301.410.81$17.96$37,360
Illinois12,6102.14 1.22 $20.12$41,840
Indiana5,8701.961.13$15.93$33,140
Iowa2,6201.710.98$16.27$33,850
Kansas2,7301.981.14$14.23$29,590
Kentucky4,7702.551.46$14.83$30,840
Louisiana---------------
Maine1,6202.711.55$16.09$33,470
Maryland4,7501.801.03$19.86$41,320
Massachusetts6,2201.801.03$19.07$39,660
Michigan6,5801.560.89$15.03$31,260
Minnesota5,1901.861.06$18.68$38,850
Mississippi2,2101.981.13$16.99$35,330
Missouri6,22302.261.29$16.43$34,170
Montana5501.200.69$15.98$33,240
Nebraska---------------
Nevada1,5901.250.72$17.98$37,400
New Hampshire1,2201.891.08$18.29$38,030
New Jersey7,7501.961.12$18.01$37,460
New Mexico1,7902.221.28$16.47$34,250
New York14,7401.620.93$19.78$41,140
North Carolina9,8802.341.34$16.42$34,150
North Dakota1,0402.461.41$15.37$31,960
Ohio11,1602.091.20$14.94$31,070
Oklahoma3,4602.181.25$14.08$29,290
Oregon1,9001.060.61$18.83$39,170
Pennsylvania11,7702.051.17$16.10$33,480
Rhode Island7201.520.87$18.18$37,820
South Carolina5,1102.581.48$15.85$32,970
South Dakota9402.241.29$14.38$29,900
Tennessee6,6202.291.31$17.24$35,850
Texas18,6301.590.91$17.24$35,870
Utah1,8601.350.77$16.29$33,890
Vermont4801.590.91$17.23$35,840
Virginia5,1101.360.78$16.01$33,310
Washington3,5401.15 0.66$31.40$65,320
West Virginia2,3603.381.94 $14.84$30,870
Wisconsin6,5802.351.35$14.83$30,850
Wyoming7102.551.46$16.72$34,780

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