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

PayScale.com reported that the national median salary for paramedics was estimated to be $43,283 annually as of September 2015, while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the median salary at $31,700 in 2014.

Important Facts about this Occupation

Job Outlook23% job growth by 2022 expected (much faster than average)
Entry-Level EducationAssociate's degree
LicensingLicense required in every state
Work EnvironmentHigh rate of injury and illness; often required to work overnight and on weekends; around 30% worked more than 40 hours a week in 2012

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Salaries by Experience

According to September 2015 data from PayScale.com, paramedic salaries can vary depending upon years of work experience. Entry-level workers made between $25,479 - $50,413. Annual earnings increased to $28,800 - $56,689 for those who are mid-career, $31,087 - $61,897 for those individuals PayScale.com considers experienced workers, and $32,294 - $71,034 for workers in the late stages of their career.

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.

Salaries by Location

The BLS reported in May 2014 that the top paying states for paramedics and EMTs included the Washington, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois and Alaska. Mean wages in these states were $57,850, $56,390, $48,970, $47,580 and $46,430, respectively. The lowest paying areas had mean wages that ranged from $20,540-$30,770. Some of these locations included West Virginia, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Alabama, Ohio, Wisconsin and Montana.

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