Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EMT and Paramedic Pay in the Southeast

May 2020 data recently published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that more than 257,000 Americans were employed as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. The twelve-state Southeast region accounted for just over 68,000 of those EMT and paramedic jobs. In general, the Southeast is the weakest region in the country for EMT and paramedic pay with only one state, Louisiana, having an annual mean wage above the national average for EMTs and paramedics. Moreover, five states in the Southeast ranked in the bottom quintile nationally for EMT and paramedic annual mean wages. According to May 2020 BLS data, emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic pay in the Southeast looked as follows:

EMT and Paramedic Pay in the Southeast
EMT and Paramedic Pay in the Southeast

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 4,070 $30,770 50th
AR 1,790 $34,630 43rd
FL 10,860 $35,950 38th
GA 10,230 $35,570 40th
KY 4,510 $32,030 48th
LA 4,320 $41,110 18th
MS 2,570 $32,250 47th
NC 10,200 $38,750 22nd
SC 4,990 $35,770 39th
TN 6,700 $39,010 20th
VA 5,630 $36,790 31st
WV 2,150 $30,520 51st
U.S. 257,700 $40,370 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 10, 2021

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