Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Best and Worst States for EMT and Paramedic Pay

There were approximately 260,000 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  EMTs and paramedics work in varied settings, including for ambulatory healthcare service providers, hospitals, physician offices, and outpatient care centers. Unlike many other trained healthcare professionals, EMTs and paramedics earn lower salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for EMTs and paramedics was $38,830 annually, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state-to-state, with EMTs and paramedics in some states making 30% or more annually than their counterparts elsewhere. As of May 2019, according to BLS data the ten states with the best annual mean salary and wages for EMTs and paramedics were:

Hawaii $56,610
Washington $56,140
Maryland $50,750
Alaska $50,640
Connecticut $46,510
New York $44,920
Massachusetts $44,140
California $43,680
Minnesota $43,620
Illinois $43,310

At the other end of the table, here were the bottom ten states for emergency medical technician and paramedic pay:

Pennsylvania $34,310
Ohio $34,020
Michigan $33,760
South Dakota $32,620
Mississippi $32,480
Montana $32,050
Kentucky $31,250
Kansas $30,890
Alabama $30,240
West Virginia $29,920

So where does your state rank for EMT and paramedic pay?

Check out EMT and Paramedic Average Wages by State for more information.