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October 30, 2016

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Paramedic Job Description

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Paramedic Salary Statistics as of 2015

Average annual salary for a Paramedic is $38812 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $55927. The lowest salary reported was $25998. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Median hourly wage for a Paramedic is $19.3 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $27.81. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $12.93. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Bonuses for a Paramedic are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with under 1 year of experience.

These are the highest paying states for a Paramedic. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
California – $24,468 – $60,402
Florida – $24,468 – $53,933
New York – $31,657 – $61,632
North Carolina – $30,753 – $45,958
Tennessee – $25,000 – $51,282
Texas – $25,760 – $56,415
Virginia – $32,438 – $73,974

These are the highest paying cities for a Paramedic. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
New York, New York –
Dallas, Texas –
Chicago, Illinois –
Houston, Texas –
San Antonio, Texas –
Boise, Idaho –
Charlotte, North Carolina –

This chart outlines the average annual salary of a Paramedic from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $38812 while in 2007 it was just $35993.57

How To Become a Paramedic

In order to become a paramedic, a high school diploma and certification is needed. Anyone who intends to pursue this career should note that the terms “emergency medical technician” and “paramedic” are not interchangeable. In order to become a paramedic and student must first go through the two levels of EMT training. The first level is EMT basic. The core elements of handling emergencies at the scene are covered in this section of the training program.

EMT Basic training includes:
Dealing with respiratory and cardiac emergencies
Handling trauma
Learning how to assess the scene of an accident
Conducting a physical examination

The trainee will then move onto the intermediate phase of the training which involves going more in depth training in handling various types of trauma and injuries. At the intermediate level, EMTs are also taught to perform a wider range of procedures, including ones that are more invasive than those taught at the basic level.

The paramedic certification comes at the end of this line of training. It is the highest level of emergency medical technician though it should be noted that there is no commonly agreed-upon standard certificate for all the United States. The training to become a paramedic therefore varies from state to state. In all cases the job is to assess, stabilize and safely transport patients to a hospital. Paramedics, however, may perform more complex procedures to achieve this than either basic or intermediate level EMTs.

Job Outlook

The vast majority of paramedics work in cities and almost half of them work for private ambulance services. As with most healthcare jobs, the long-term career outlook for paramedics is expected to be good due to the aging population. While many paramedics opt to continue in the job, others may be promoted or take jobs in other areas within the healthcare industry. There is expected to be a nine percent increase in the demand for paramedics in the years between 2008 and 2018 and paramedics will be expected to spend more time with their patients due to increased patient load in emergency rooms. This expected increase in ER crowding is another result of an aging population.

Gender Statistics

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22%

Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 78% of Paramedics were males while 22% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic
$19,873 – $47,654
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic
$18,807 – $38,079
Fire Fighter
$24,676 – $71,266

Future Jobs

Paramedic Supervisor
$32,621 – $69,951
Registered Nurse (RN), Emergency Room
$43,173 – $87,491
Registered Nurse (RN)
$40,363 – $78,555


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