Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Emergency Medical Technician Pay

There were approximately 161,000 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  EMTs work in varied settings, including ambulance service providers, public and private hospitals, and local government agencies. Unlike many other trained healthcare professionals, emergency medical technicians earn lower average salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for EMTs was $36,690 annually.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with EMTs in some states making double annually what their peers earn elsewhere. As of May 2021, according to BLS data the ten best and worst states for emergency medical technician pay were:

The Best and Worst States for Emergency Medical Technician Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
HI 540 $55,600 1st
AK 380 $51,330 2nd
MD 2,400 $50,770 3rd
DC 420 $48,500 4th
IL 8,000 $44,460 5th
MA 4,190 $43,160 6th
RI 620 $42,460 7th
CA 17,500 $42,420 8th
CT 2,460 $41,120 9th
NY 12,030 $41,120 10th
U.S. 161,400 $36,690 -------
UT 1,370 $32,350 42nd
MT 610 $31,940 43rd
MI 3,570 $31,650 44th
AR 800 $30,580 45th
MS 1,490 $29,350 46th
KY 2,480 $29,250 47th
WV 1,390 $28,530 48th
AL 2,520 $28,030 49th
OK 1,960 $27,980 50th
KS 1,480 $26,190 51st

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 8, 2022

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