Paramedic Salary

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Paramedics are medical professionals who are responsible to help the sick or injured in emergency settings. They will typically be among the first responders to emergency calls and will often work closely with firefighters and police. People’s lives may depend on the paramedic’s ability to provide instant competent care under great pressure. They will assess a patient’s condition, provide immediate needed care, and keep a patient stable as they are transported to an emergency health care facility.

The Skinny on Salaries

While the job of a paramedic is extremely demanding – and often hazardous – their salaries, unfortunately, often don’t reflect that risk. This is not a lucrative profession in comparison to most in the medical field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, annual salaries for paramedics in the US average out at $34,030 (which translates to an hourly average of $16.36). A few do find employment in specialized industries that offer higher salaries, though these specialized jobs make up a very small percentage of the overall industry employment.

Determining Factors

In the world of paramedics, education and experience are the two greatest factors that determine salary. A paramedic fresh out of school or with less than five years of experience will typically earn around $35,000 a year. With each additional year of experience, a paramedic can usually expect higher pay. Those with ten or twenty years of experience can see that salary rise to around $50,000, and after twenty years in service, a paramedic’s salary may even reach $70-80,000 (though this is rare).

And of course, as mentioned, education is certainly a factor – especially in a paramedic’s starting salary. As in most careers, a higher degree equates a higher level of training, putting the paramedic in line for higher paying positions right out the door. Advanced education will also often help a paramedic to increase their pay faster, as their salary won’t be based purely upon experience.

Industry Breakdown

Obviously, ambulatory health care services are the prime employers of paramedics, as this is where their unique skills are most in demand. In fact, this is where approximately 43% of paramedics are employed.

Paramedics do find employment in select other industries, however, and in some cases, the more specialized fields provide a higher level of compensation. As you can see below, the most common employers of paramedics offer salaries ranging between $30,980 and $38,400. In most cases, industry plays a fairly minor role in determining a paramedic’s salary.

INDUSTRY

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Ambulatory Health Care Services

$14.90

$30,980

Local Government (OES Designation)

$18.46

$38,400

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

$16.43

$34,170

Offices of Physicians

$16.12

$33,530

Other Support Services

$15.03

$31,270

There is an exception to this, however. Paramedics are occasionally employed in specialized fields, and in some cases, this type of employment provides a higher level of pay. Consider though, that while salaries may be higher, jobs in these sectors make up only a tiny percentage of the overall number of employed paramedics. In most cases, these industries employ no more than a few dozen paramedics nationwide.

Mining industries, for example, employ paramedics at an average annual salary of $59,770, or $28.74 hourly; however, mining support only accounts for 0.01 percent of the overall industry employment. Amusement and recreation industries also employ paramedics at a higher average annual salary of $49,220; however, the BLS reports only 50 paramedics employed in the recreation industry nationwide.

Geographic Breakdown

As in most fields, geographic location is a fairly key factor in determining salaries. In many cases this is due to the varying cost of living in each state and metropolitan area.

We see this quite clearly reflected in the fact that the highest national salaries for paramedics are found in the District of Columbia, where the annual average reaches $50,140. This is closely followed by the state of Hawaii, where paramedics make an average of$49,530 annually. On the other end of the spectrum, paramedics in West Virginia typically make the lowest annual average of $25,440, or $12.23 per hour.

Do also consider that smaller, rural areas will typically receive fewer emergency calls than a large metropolitan area. The smaller the city and the fewer calls the paramedic will be expected to respond to, the less he will typically make on average.

STATE

AVERAGE HOURLY

AVERAGE ANNUAL

Alabama

$14.06

$29,250

Arizona

$15.33

$31,890

Arkansas

$13.99

$29,090

California

$17.54

$36,490

Colorado

$19.71

$41,000

Connecticut

$19.01

$39,530

Delaware

$18.41

$38,290

District of Colombia

$24.11

$50,140

Florida

$15.23

$31,690

Georgia

$15.01

$31,220

Hawaii

$23.81

$49,530

Idaho

$17.95

$37,330

Illinois

$21.13

$43,950

Indiana

$14.83

$30,840

Iowa

$15.59

$32,430

Kansas

$12.62

$26,260

Kentucky

$14.05

$29,220

Louisiana

$17.63

$36,670

Maine

$14.98

$31,160

Maryland

$20.51

$42,670

Massachusetts

$18.03

$37,510

Michigan

$14.78

$30,750

Minnesota

$16.05

$33,380

Mississippi

$14.08

$29,280

Missouri

$15.13

$31,480

Montana

$13.03

$27,100

Nebraska

$15.50

$32,250

Nevada

$17.34

$36,080

New Hampshire

$15.43

$32,100

New Jersey

$17.43

$36,260

New Mexico

$16.98

$35,310

New York

$17.98

$37,410

North Carolina

$15.65

$32,540

North Dakota

$13.55

$28,190

Ohio

$13.97

$29,050

Oklahoma

$14.17

$29,470

Oregon

$18.20

$37,850

Pennsylvania

$15.24

$31,690

Rhode Island

$15.80

$32,860

South Carolina

$15.67

$32,590

South Dakota

$14.13

$29,400

Tennessee

$15.39

$32,010

Texas

$15.34

$31,910

Utah

$15.78

$32,830

Vermont

$14.18

$29,490

Virginia

$16.13

$33,550

Washington

$22.45

$46,690

West Virginia

$12.23

$25,440

Wisconsin

$13.32

$27,710

Wyoming

$14.55

$30,250

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