Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
244,960 1.2 % $17.36 $36,110 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.21 $12.43 $15.71 $20.53 $27.07
Annual Wage (2) $21,240 $25,850 $32,670 $42,710 $56,310


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 119,420 41.35 $16.07 $33,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 67,000 1.25 $19.01 $39,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 43,770 0.81 $17.94 $37,320
Other Support Services 1,960 0.64 $16.15 $33,590
Outpatient Care Centers 1,540 0.18 $19.53 $40,630

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 119,420 41.35 $16.07 $33,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 67,000 1.25 $19.01 $39,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 43,770 0.81 $17.94 $37,320
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 850 0.81 $14.77 $30,720
Other Support Services 1,960 0.64 $16.15 $33,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,230 0.06 $29.24 $60,820
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) $22.91 $47,650
Junior Colleges 110 0.01 $22.01 $45,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $21.10 $43,900
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $20.66 $42,980


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)
Texas 18,630 1.59 0.91 $17.24 $35,870
California 18,110 1.13 0.65 $18.16 $37,770
New York 14,740 1.62 0.93 $19.78 $41,140
Illinois 12,610 2.14 1.22 $20.12 $41,840
Pennsylvania 11,770 2.05 1.17 $16.10 $33,480




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)
West Virginia 2,360 3.38 1.94 $14.84 $30,870
Delaware 1,450 3.28 1.88 $18.82 $39,140
Maine 1,620 2.71 1.55 $16.09 $33,470
South Carolina 5,110 2.58 1.48 $15.85 $32,970
Wyoming 710 2.55 1.46 $16.72 $34,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 3,540 1.15 0.66 $31.40 $65,320
District of Columbia 1,440 2.05 1.18 $27.84 $57,900
Alaska 330 1.02 0.58 $26.10 $54,290
Hawaii 840 1.33 0.76 $23.89 $49,680
Connecticut 3,280 1.97 1.13 $22.27 $46,320





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,260 1.41 0.81 $20.40 $42,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,660 1.83 1.05 $23.63 $49,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,170 0.99 0.57 $18.78 $39,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,960 1.35 0.77 $16.47 $34,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,920 1.54 0.88 $16.76 $34,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,080 1.24 0.71 $22.86 $47,540
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,920 2.27 1.30 $21.66 $45,040
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,910 1.62 0.93 $18.21 $37,880
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,910 2.16 1.24 $20.82 $43,310
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,790 2.07 1.19 $17.56 $36,530