How Much Does A Paramedic Make?

The chance to save lives each day they go to work is one of the motivations for many paramedics. Not many occupations enable one to become a hero but saving those in the brink of life and death are a regular part of their job. While paramedics don’t earn a lot, they are paid a decent living wage. The profession is also set to have excellent job opportunities in the next few years.

Paramedic Salary

Average Paramedic Annual Salary

$36,110

The average annual salary for paramedics is $36,110 a year. Salaries start at $21,240 a year and go up to $56,310 a year.

Average Paramedic Hourly Wage

$17.36

The average hourly wage for a paramedic is $17.36. Hourly wages were between $10.21 and $27.07 an hour.

Stats were based out of 244,960 employed paramedics in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Paramedic

$56,310/year $27.07/hour

(Top 10% of Paramedics)


Senior Paramedic

$42,710/year $20.53/hour

(Top 25% of Paramedics)


Mid Level Paramedic

$32,670/year $15.71/hour

(Median)


Junior Paramedic

$25,850/year $12.43/hour

(Bottom 25% of Paramedics)


Entry Level Paramedic

$21,240/year $10.21/hour

(Bottom 10% of Paramedics)


Paramedic Average Salary Comparison

Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$75k / year
$36 / hour
Dental Hygienists
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Orthotists and Prosthetists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Radiologic Technologists
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Hearing Aid Specialists
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Paramedics

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Paramedics

Paramedic Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Washington $31.40 $65,320
#2 District of Columbia $27.84 $57,900
#3 Alaska $26.10 $54,290
#4 Hawaii $23.89 $49,680
#5 Connecticut $22.27 $46,320
#6 Colorado $20.33 $42,280
#7 Illinois $20.12 $41,840
#8 Maryland $19.86 $41,320
#9 New York $19.78 $41,140
#10 Massachusetts $19.07 $39,660
#11 Oregon $18.83 $39,170
#12 Delaware $18.82 $39,140
#13 Minnesota $18.68 $38,850
#14 New Hampshire $18.29 $38,030
#15 Rhode Island $18.18 $37,820
#16 California $18.16 $37,770
#17 New Jersey $18.01 $37,460
#18 Nevada $17.98 $37,400
#19 Idaho $17.96 $37,360
#20 Texas $17.24 $35,870
#21 Tennessee $17.24 $35,850
#22 Vermont $17.23 $35,840
#23 Arizona $17.03 $35,430
#24 Mississippi $16.99 $35,330
#25 Wyoming $16.72 $34,780
#26 New Mexico $16.47 $34,250
#27 Missouri $16.43 $34,170
#28 North Carolina $16.42 $34,150
#29 Utah $16.29 $33,890
#30 Iowa $16.27 $33,850
#31 Pennsylvania $16.10 $33,480
#32 Maine $16.09 $33,470
#33 Virginia $16.01 $33,310
#34 Montana $15.98 $33,240
#35 Indiana $15.93 $33,140
#36 Georgia $15.88 $33,030
#37 South Carolina $15.85 $32,970
#38 North Dakota $15.37 $31,960
#39 Nebraska $15.37 $31,970
#40 Florida $15.27 $31,750
#41 Michigan $15.03 $31,260
#42 Ohio $14.94 $31,070
#43 West Virginia $14.84 $30,870
#44 Wisconsin $14.83 $30,850
#45 Kentucky $14.83 $30,840
#46 South Dakota $14.38 $29,900
#47 Kansas $14.23 $29,590
#48 Oklahoma $14.08 $29,290
#49 Arkansas $13.83 $28,770
#50 Alabama $13.78 $28,670
#51 Puerto Rico $10.34 $21,500

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Paramedic

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