What is an EMT
EMTs are health care workers who are the first responders of 911 calls and provide emergency medical services to patients in need. For more on job description, please visit our EMT job description page.
In 2010, there were 226,500 jobs in this occupation and it will expand 33% by 2020.
Over 50% of EMTs works for ambulatory services. They work both indoors and outdoors under any type of weather conditions. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas, compared to volunteer EMTs and paramedics that are more common in small towns and rural areas. Work-related injuries and illness are especially high among EMTs because they are required to do a lot of physical work, including lifting people on to stretchers, and potentially have a higher degree of exposure to contagious diseases, such as hepatitis B and HIV.
Typical Work Schedule
EMTs usually work full time. One third of EMTs actually work a lot more than 40 hours per week. It is common to see overnight and weekend shifts.
What Affects EMT Salary
- Experience – EMT who just joined the profession will usually only start at $20,000 per year while those who have worked for many years get up to $55,000.
- Education – education is crucial in determining a EMT’s salary. There are three primary levels of training and certifications: EMT-Basic, EMT Intermediate and Paramedic. With Paramedic being at the top of the emergency care profession, these individuals generally earn the highest income averaging over $50,000 a year. Graduates of advanced training in Paramedic usually have to go through at least 1000 hours of classroom and clinical training before certification. These individuals have more knowledge, as a result, they are exposed to more job opportunities and higher salary.
- Location – location is also very important in determining a EMT’s salary. Salaries can differ from State to State. District of Columbia is the highest paying state.
- Employer – working for different employers will result in different salaries. Top paying employers in this occupation are heavy civil engineering construction, waste treatment and disposal, state government, amusement and recreation industries, and accounting, tax preparations, and payroll services.
Mean Annual EMT Salary
The mean annual salary of an emergency medical technician is $34,030. The mean salary is calculated by adding all the wages within the occupation and dividing that value by the total number of employees. Lowest 10% of this occupation makes less than $19,880 and the top 10% makes over $53,050.
Mean Hourly EMT Salary
- Mean Hourly Salary: $16.36
- Bottom 10%: $9.56
- Top 10%: $25.50
Highest Paying Cities
Highest Paying States
State with Highest Employment Level
|1. Tacoma, WA: $65,890||1. District of Columbia: $50,140||1. California|
|2. Anchorage, AK: $58,520||2. Hawaii: $49,530||2. Texas|
|3. San Jose, CA: $55,080||3. Washington: $46,690||3. New York|
|4. San Francisco, CA: $54,020||4. Illinois: $43,950||4. Pennsylvania|
|5. Chicago, IL: $50,900||5. Maryland: $42,670||5. Illinois|
All the information regarding EMT salary was obtained from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other credible resources.