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 areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,610
25th Percentile Wage
$24,800
50th Percentile Wage
$31,140
75th Percentile Wage
$43,710
90th Percentile Wage
$59,070

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 $59,070. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $31,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,610.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of emergency medical technicians and paramedics from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$31,140
-6.68% 7.58%
2016
$33,220
-0.06% -
2015
$33,240
10.35% -
2014
$29,800
0.67% -
2013
$29,600
2.77% -
2012
$28,780
- -

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 $61,070. The highest paying area for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in California is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $61,070. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Redding (mean annual salary $60,990). The lowest paying area is El Centro with a median annual salary of $22,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$61,070
Redding
$60,990
Salinas
$58,250
Yuba City
$46,760
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$45,530
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$41,300
Vallejo-Fairfield
$40,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$39,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$39,650
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$37,760
Bakersfield-Delano
$35,330
Madera-Chowchilla
$34,510
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$34,020
Fresno
$32,000
Chico
$31,330
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$30,910
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$30,810
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$30,680
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$30,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$29,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$29,550
Hanford-Corcoran
$29,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$29,150
Modesto
$29,140
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$28,630
Stockton
$28,620
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$28,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$28,170
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$28,070
Visalia-Porterville
$27,740
El Centro
$22,450




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