Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedics Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of emergency medical technicians and paramedics among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,270
25th Percentile Wage
$24,720
50th Percentile Wage
$33,220
75th Percentile Wage
$47,070
90th Percentile Wage
$61,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $61,310. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $33,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,270.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$10.71
25th Percentile Wage
$11.88
50th Percentile Wage
$15.97
75th Percentile Wage
$22.63
90th Percentile Wage
$29.48

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $29.48. The median hourly salary is $15.97. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $10.71.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of emergency medical technicians and paramedics from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201633,220-0.06%13.37%
201533,24010.35%-
201429,8000.67%-
201329,6002.77%-
201228,780--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of emergency medical technicians and paramedics in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of emergency medical technicians and paramedics in state of California ranges from $22,450 to $60,550. The highest paying area for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in California is Redding with a median annual salary of $60,550. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville (mean annual salary $43,720). The lowest paying area is El Centro with a median annual salary of $22,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Redding
$60,550
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$43,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$43,510
Vallejo-Fairfield
$42,960
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$38,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$38,000
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$36,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$35,830
Madera-Chowchilla
$34,510
Bakersfield-Delano
$33,600
Fresno
$33,180
Chico
$31,330
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$30,640
Visalia-Porterville
$30,280
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$29,840
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$29,720
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$29,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$29,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$28,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$28,170
Stockton
$27,680
El Centro
$22,450


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