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Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedics Salary Information

The salary statistics of emergency medical technicians and paramedics are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of emergency medical technicians and paramedics within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The emergency medical technicians and paramedics annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedics Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,240
25th Percentile Wage
$25,850
50th Percentile Wage
$32,670
75th Percentile Wage
$42,710
90th Percentile Wage
$56,310

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) emergency medical technicians and paramedics is $56,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,240. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 165% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201632,6702.11%5.05%
201531,9800.88%-
201431,7001.36%-
201331,2700.80%-
201231,020--

Table 2. Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedics Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of emergency medical technicians and paramedics in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for emergency medical technicians and paramedics occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $43,970. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $29,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$43,970
Construction
$42,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,160
Manufacturing
$37,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$33,120
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,770
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$31,530
Accommodation and Food Services
$31,440
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$31,120
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$29,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics by States

From the above tables we note that not only emergency medical technicians and paramedics salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of emergency medical technicians and paramedics in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,000 to $72,140. The highest paying state for emergency medical technicians and paramedics is Washington with a median annual salary of $72,140. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,000. For more salary information of emergency medical technicians and paramedics profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$72,140
District of Columbia
$59,790
Alaska
$54,290
Connecticut
$45,780
New York
$39,730
Maryland
$38,690
New Hampshire
$38,240
Colorado
$37,650
Massachusetts
$37,120
Louisiana
$36,810
Oregon
$36,670
Minnesota
$36,560
Delaware
$36,440
Rhode Island
$36,260
Idaho
$35,060
Wyoming
$34,800
Nevada
$34,540
Vermont
$34,260
Texas
$34,090
North Carolina
$33,640
Maine
$33,530
California
$33,220
New Mexico
$32,800
New Jersey
$32,380
Arizona
$32,260
Iowa
$32,050
North Dakota
$31,850
Tennessee
$31,840
Indiana
$31,620
Mississippi
$31,570
Illinois
$31,560
Virginia
$31,480
Montana
$31,240
Missouri
$31,180
Georgia
$31,020
South Carolina
$30,770
Utah
$30,710
Nebraska
$30,690
Pennsylvania
$30,480
Florida
$30,070
Michigan
$29,800
Kentucky
$29,660
Wisconsin
$29,240
Ohio
$28,790
South Dakota
$28,380
Oklahoma
$27,510
Alabama
$27,470
Kansas
$27,470
Arkansas
$26,580
Guam
$25,590
West Virginia
$25,150
Puerto Rico
$20,000


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