How much does an EMT make?

If you are considering a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic then you will be pleased to hear that the opportunity for employment and salary growth is quite favorable going forward according to information and projections provided by the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

Average EMT Salary

Average salary for EMTs $35,430
Hourly wage for EMTs $17.04
Top 10% of Earners $55,110
Bottom 10% of Earners $20,860

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Studies data the average salary for an EMT is $35,430 (May, 2015). Employment of EMTs has grown by 25% in the last 10 years and it is projected that there will be an additional 45,000 jobs created in the sector between 2016 and 2024.


Salary range

EMT and Paramedic salary levels can range quite significantly depending on where you live and how much experience you have. There is a significant range in average earnings from a low of $26,690 in New Jersey to a high of $51,405 in Washington. These figures are adjusted for cost of living variables in each State and represent an almost 100% difference in pay depending on where you live.

Top 5 States For EMTs

The table below shows the States in which EMTs earn the most.

StateSalaryAbove Avg
Washington D.C.$50,799.00+43.38%

Emergency Medical Technician Salary by State

How much do EMTs make in your State? Browse the map below to find out;

EMT salary compared with similar careers

In the diagram below we compare average, high and low salary levels for EMT’s with salaries for similar careers in the healthcare industry. As is quite visible EMT’s enjoy a higher salary level overall.


EMT Job Prospects and Employment Opportunities

There are currently approximately 242,000 persons employed as Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the USA. This represents an almost 50% increase in employment since 2000. It is projected that a further 45,000 will be employed in the sector by 2024.