Emergency Medical Technician Salary

emergency-medical-technician-salary-chart.jpgAn emergency medical technician is a person who gives emergency medical aid to patients for a great variety of conditions. He or she also rescues people who are trapped, assesses any injuries they might have and transports them to a medical facility if they are sick or injured.

Salaries

The mean annual wage of an emergency medical technician is $34,370. The lowest 10 percent of emergency medical technicians make $20,180 per year while the upper 10 percent make $53,550 per year. Most EMTs work for businesses that provide ambulatory health care. Others work for their local government, general hospitals or other services where their skills are needed.

The top paying positions for EMTs are in heavy construction, waste treatment, the state government, accounting and tax preparation and other jobs related to payroll and bookkeeping, and at amusement parks and other recreation sites. An EMT who is employed by an engineering construction firm can make an annual mean salary of $54,180.

Location

EMTs are found in every state in the country but the place that pays one of the highest salaries is not a state at all but the District of Columbia. Interestingly, Washington, D.C. has one of the lowest numbers of EMTs. As of May, 2012 there were only 380 of them but they made an annual mean wage of $52,930. Washington, D.C. is followed by Alaska, with 3,770 EMTs who make $51,570 per year; Washington state, which has 3,770 EMTs who make $50,980 per year; Illinois with 12,670 EMTS who make $48,350 per year and Maryland, which has 4,570 EMTs who make $42,410 a year.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for an EMT is excellent and is expected to grow about 23 percent between now and 2022.

Emergency Medical Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $17,380 $25,520 $39,470 $27,880
Alaska $24,860 $51,500 $81,210 $51,570
Arizona $18,640 $29,040 $46,340 $31,150
Arkansas $17,830 $26,890 $49,520 $30,110
California $20,290 $28,780 $55,240 $34,210
Colorado $20,660 $35,700 $65,910 $39,560
Connecticut $25,560 $38,110 $56,990 $39,600
Delaware $26,500 $35,300 $56,170 $37,960
Florida $21,210 $30,350 $47,720 $32,650
Georgia $20,760 $28,870 $42,910 $30,340
Idaho $17,540 $28,510 $45,710 $30,830
Illinois $19,840 $41,130 $88,360 $48,350
Indiana $20,190 $28,460 $43,970 $30,060
Iowa $19,910 $32,000 $48,970 $33,270
Kansas $16,920 $23,090 $39,830 $25,900
Kentucky $18,130 $27,940 $45,220 $29,790
Louisiana $24,410 $36,550 $49,650 $36,790
Maine $20,450 $30,580 $44,100 $31,220
Maryland $25,470 $39,820 $62,440 $42,410
Massachusetts $26,430 $37,780 $56,100 $39,450
Michigan $18,360 $29,190 $44,350 $30,150
Minnesota $19,420 $33,280 $51,090 $34,830
Mississippi $18,330 $27,600 $44,480 $29,390
Missouri $19,500 $30,470 $52,950 $33,390
Montana $17,780 $26,750 $41,530 $28,420
Nebraska $22,190 $33,370 $45,870 $34,020
Nevada $21,710 $33,510 $56,610 $36,140
New Hampshire $19,270 $30,800 $51,720 $33,560
New Jersey $25,050 $31,430 $54,680 $35,410
New Mexico $19,980 $34,020 $51,590 $34,740
New York $23,020 $37,820 $58,370 $39,210
North Carolina $21,180 $31,190 $45,430 $32,170
North Dakota $16,690 $24,820 $41,500 $27,050
Ohio $19,280 $27,640 $44,590 $29,740
Oklahoma $18,310 $30,070 $47,060 $31,530
Oregon $23,890 $36,640 $56,500 $38,450
Pennsylvania $20,670 $30,080 $47,340 $32,210
Rhode Island $23,830 $33,920 $54,910 $36,010
South Carolina $21,640 $30,880 $46,660 $32,750
South Dakota $21,930 $28,900 $38,800 $29,830
Tennessee $19,920 $28,990 $50,240 $31,780
Texas $20,380 $29,700 $47,000 $31,980
Utah $20,890 $34,660 $52,190 $35,180
Vermont $21,200 $31,290 $40,020 $31,220
Virginia $20,620 $30,080 $45,200 $31,610
Washington $23,110 $42,210 $90,770 $50,980
West Virginia $17,230 $24,570 $40,850 $26,280
Wisconsin $16,790 $26,290 $40,170 $27,600
Wyoming $18,200 $31,210 $45,070 $31,520