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Salary, Wages, Pay: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics




Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individualís training and experience. Median annual earnings of EMTs and paramedics were $24,030 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $19,040 and $31,600. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,530, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $41,980. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in 2002 were:

Local government $27,440
General medical and surgical hospitals 24,760
Other ambulatory health care services 22,180

Those in emergency medical services who are part of fire or police departments receive the same benefits as firefighters or police officers. For example, many are covered by pension plans that provide retirement at half pay after 20 or 25 years of service or if the worker is disabled in the line of duty.