Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
229,340 1.2 % $16.36 $34,030 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.56 $11.74 $14.77 $19.44 $25.50
Annual Wage (2) $19,880 $24,420 $30,710 $40,440 $53,050


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 110,330 43.01 $14.90 $30,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 69,290 1.25 $18.46 $38,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,180 0.74 $16.43 $34,170
Other Support Services 1,640 0.58 $15.03 $31,270
Offices of Physicians 1,610 0.07 $16.12 $33,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 110,330 43.01 $14.90 $30,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 69,290 1.25 $18.46 $38,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,180 0.74 $16.43 $34,170
Other Support Services 1,640 0.58 $15.03 $31,270
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 370 0.45 $15.62 $32,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 30 0.01 $28.74 $59,770
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 30 0.04 $24.86 $51,720
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 (7) $24.72 $51,410
State Government (OES Designation) 1,490 0.07 $24.34 $50,620
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 50 (7) $23.67 $49,220


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 16,110 1.15 0.64 $17.54 $36,490
Texas 14,630 1.42 0.79 $15.34 $31,910
New York 14,170 1.68 0.94 $17.98 $37,410
Pennsylvania 13,740 2.48 1.38 $15.24 $31,690
Illinois 12,640 2.27 1.27 $21.13 $43,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 1,860 3.24 1.81 $14.98 $31,160
Tennessee 7,590 2.92 1.63 $15.39 $32,010
Missouri 7,310 2.82 1.58 $15.13 $31,480
Kentucky 4,590 2.65 1.48 $14.05 $29,220
South Carolina 4,650 2.62 1.47 $15.67 $32,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,400 2.18 1.22 $24.11 $50,140
Hawaii 510 0.88 0.49 $23.81 $49,530
Washington 3,320 1.22 0.68 $22.45 $46,690
Illinois 12,640 2.27 1.27 $21.13 $43,950
Maryland 4,760 1.92 1.07 $20.51 $42,670





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 8,600 2.40 1.34 $24.47 $50,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,590 1.50 0.84 $19.19 $39,910
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,040 2.22 1.24 $18.89 $39,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,910 1.02 0.57 $14.58 $30,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,700 1.66 0.93 $15.69 $32,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,420 1.34 0.75 $17.83 $37,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,360 1.45 0.81 $23.07 $47,990
Pittsburgh, PA 3,180 2.85 1.60 $13.51 $28,090
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,100 2.44 1.37 $17.25 $35,870
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,060 1.82 1.02 $17.13 $35,630




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnstown, PA 470 8.33 4.66 $11.06 $23,000
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 310 6.98 3.91 $14.59 $30,360
Lafayette, LA 930 6.43 3.60 $19.71 $41,000
Anderson, SC 340 6.00 3.36 $13.51 $28,090
Ocean City, NJ 190 5.33 2.98 $14.95 $31,100
Dothan, AL 270 4.78 2.67 $15.37 $31,970
Florence, SC 360 4.60 2.57 $13.96 $29,050
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 750 4.38 2.45 $17.41 $36,200
Greenville, NC 300 4.13 2.31 $16.66 $34,640
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 240 4.05 2.27 $15.00 $31,190