Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
251,860 1.2 % $17.64 $36,700 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.52 $12.72 $16.05 $20.86 $27.40
Annual Wage (2) $21,880 $26,470 $33,380 $43,390 $56,990


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 120,990 40.52 $16.24 $33,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 68,020 1.25 $19.42 $40,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 46,630 0.85 $18.23 $37,930
Other Support Services 2,200 0.72 $16.74 $34,820
Outpatient Care Centers 1,640 0.19 $19.55 $40,670

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 120,990 40.52 $16.24 $33,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 68,020 1.25 $19.42 $40,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 46,630 0.85 $18.23 $37,930
Other Support Services 2,200 0.72 $16.74 $34,820
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 750 0.71 $14.64 $30,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,220 0.06 $30.07 $62,550
Technical and Trade Schools (8) (8) $23.19 $48,230
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 110 0.01 $22.94 $47,720
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 40 0.01 $22.59 $46,990
Nonscheduled Air Transportation (8) (8) $22.31 $46,410


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 20,250 1.70 0.96 $17.72 $36,850
California 19,660 1.18 0.67 $17.48 $36,370
New York 15,290 1.66 0.94 $20.16 $41,930
Illinois 12,110 2.04 1.16 $19.93 $41,460
Pennsylvania 12,060 2.09 1.18 $15.96 $33,200




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 2,160 3.13 1.77 $13.62 $28,320
Delaware 1,310 2.97 1.68 $19.21 $39,970
Maine 1,750 2.92 1.65 $16.56 $34,450
Wyoming 690 2.58 1.46 $16.74 $34,830
South Carolina 5,180 2.58 1.46 $16.09 $33,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 3,570 1.12 0.63 $33.16 $68,970
District of Columbia 1,560 2.20 1.25 $27.94 $58,110
Alaska 440 1.38 0.78 $23.28 $48,420
Connecticut 3,320 2.01 1.14 $22.99 $47,810
Maryland 4,690 1.76 1.00 $22.12 $46,010



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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 9,490 1.42 0.80 $20.62 $42,900
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,430 1.76 0.99 $24.01 $49,940
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,570 1.56 0.88 $16.83 $35,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,490 1.01 0.57 $16.12 $33,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,380 1.67 0.95 $17.34 $36,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,270 2.41 1.36 $17.30 $35,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,140 1.25 0.71 $25.12 $52,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,100 1.68 0.95 $17.78 $36,990
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,950 2.17 1.23 $21.98 $45,720
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,700 2.07 1.17 $22.98 $47,790


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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 490 9.93 5.62 $12.79 $26,600
Gainesville, GA 750 8.81 4.99 $16.48 $34,280
Rochester, MN 700 6.11 3.46 $19.32 $40,190
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 310 6.10 3.45 $19.38 $40,320
Lake Charles, LA 600 5.38 3.05 $13.66 $28,420
Ocean City, NJ 200 5.22 2.95 $15.18 $31,570
Topeka, KS 560 5.10 2.89 $12.51 $26,020
Rome, GA 190 5.04 2.85 $19.35 $40,250
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 600 4.81 2.72 $16.93 $35,200
Santa Rosa, CA 970 4.77 2.70 $16.31 $33,930