What Is the Average Annual Salary for Paramedics?

Paramedics are medical professionals who treat injured or sick patients as they are transported to a medical care center. Average annual salaries vary by location and years of experience. Read on to learn about paramedic salaries and the influencing factors. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Salary Overview

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) found that in 2013 the national average salary for a paramedic was $39,749, with salaries overall ranging from $21,320-$68,994. Additionally, PayScale.com reported that the national median salary for paramedics was estimated to be $39,784 annually as of January 2014.

Salaries by Experience

According to January 2014 data from PayScale.com, paramedic salaries can vary depending upon years of work experience. Those with less than a year of experience made $18,548-$58,175. Annual earnings increased to $24,781-$50,350 with 1-4 years of experience, $29,853-$55,692 with 5-9 years of experience, and $35,319-$76,327 with 10-19 years of experience.

Salaries by Type of Employer

Paramedic salaries can also vary depending on the type of employer. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that those employed by fire or police departments normally receive similar benefits to those of firefighters or police officers and higher average salaries. However, medical centers, hospitals, EMS, ambulance services and health services employ the majority of paramedics. Data (as of January 2014) from PayScale.com shows that those working for the fire department earned the highest salaries.

Employer Salary Range
Emergency medical services $30,326-$65,128
Fire department $40,535-$98,633
Hospital $24,240-$64,298
Health care $25,083-$61,825

Salaries by Location

The BLS reported in May 2012 that the top paying states for paramedics and EMTs included the District of Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Illinois and Maryland. Mean wages in these states were $52,930, $51,570, $50,980, $48,350 and $42,410, respectively. The lowest paying areas had mean wages that ranged from $21,530-$30,060. Some of these locations included West Virginia, North Dakota, Kansas, Alabama, Ohio, Wisconsin and Montana.

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