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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-2042 Emergency Medical Technicians

Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities. Excludes “Paramedics” (29-2043), “Firefighters” (33-2011), and “Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians” (53-3011).


National estimates for Emergency Medical Technicians
Industry profile for Emergency Medical Technicians
Geographic profile for Emergency Medical Technicians

National estimates for Emergency Medical Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Emergency Medical Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
161,400 1.1 % $ 17.64 $ 36,690 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Emergency Medical Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.36 $ 13.91 $ 17.05 $ 18.11 $ 22.88
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,620 $ 28,920 $ 35,470 $ 37,660 $ 47,580


Industry profile for Emergency Medical Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Emergency Medical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 76,960 24.69 $ 15.83 $ 32,930
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 39,650 0.74 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,270 0.56 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Outpatient Care Centers 3,250 0.33 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Other Support Services 2,640 0.94 $ 16.22 $ 33,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Emergency Medical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 76,960 24.69 $ 15.83 $ 32,930
Other Support Services 2,640 0.94 $ 16.22 $ 33,740
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 39,650 0.74 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,270 0.56 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 380 0.45 $ 15.51 $ 32,250

Top paying industries for Emergency Medical Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 (7) $ 37.60 $ 78,200
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 170 0.06 $ 27.98 $ 58,200
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 250 0.01 $ 26.01 $ 54,090
Outpatient Care Centers 3,250 0.33 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Warehousing and Storage 30 (7) $ 23.90 $ 49,710


Geographic profile for Emergency Medical Technicians:

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



Map of employment of emergency medical technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Emergency Medical Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,500 1.06 0.92 $ 20.40 $ 42,420
New York 12,030 1.39 1.21 $ 19.77 $ 41,120
Texas 10,440 0.85 0.75 $ 16.38 $ 34,070
Pennsylvania 8,210 1.47 1.28 $ 16.08 $ 33,450
Illinois 8,000 1.42 1.24 $ 21.37 $ 44,460


Map of location quotient of emergency medical technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Emergency Medical Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 900 3.18 2.78 $ 17.34 $ 36,070
Delaware 1,020 2.35 2.05 $ 18.79 $ 39,090
West Virginia 1,390 2.11 1.84 $ 13.71 $ 28,530
Idaho 1,270 1.68 1.46 $ 15.90 $ 33,080
North Dakota 640 1.61 1.40 $ 16.42 $ 34,150


Map of annual mean wages of emergency medical technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Emergency Medical Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 540 0.98 0.85 $ 26.73 $ 55,600
Alaska 380 1.28 1.12 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Maryland 2,400 0.94 0.82 $ 24.41 $ 50,770
District of Columbia 420 0.63 0.55 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Illinois 8,000 1.42 1.24 $ 21.37 $ 44,460



Map of employment of emergency medical technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Emergency Medical Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,090 1.39 1.22 $ 20.82 $ 43,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,400 1.28 1.11 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,350 0.94 0.82 $ 19.20 $ 39,930
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,790 1.43 1.25 $ 18.79 $ 39,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,950 1.14 1.00 $ 16.56 $ 34,440
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 2,920 1.13 0.98 $ 20.86 $ 43,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,850 1.27 1.11 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,350 0.81 0.71 $ 17.62 $ 36,640
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,290 0.64 0.56 $ 17.48 $ 36,370
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,890 1.24 1.08 $ 18.38 $ 38,230


Map of location quotient of emergency medical technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Emergency Medical Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnstown, PA 240 5.06 4.42 $ 13.37 $ 27,810
Rochester, MN 510 4.37 3.81 $ 18.44 $ 38,350
Ocean City, NJ 160 4.12 3.60 $ 17.31 $ 36,000
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 140 3.63 3.17 $ 15.19 $ 31,600
Mansfield, OH 160 3.45 3.01 $ 15.66 $ 32,560
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 390 3.32 2.90 $ 16.96 $ 35,280
Santa Rosa, CA 630 3.30 2.88 $ 19.35 $ 40,260
Greenville, NC 240 3.25 2.83 $ 15.94 $ 33,160
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 440 3.04 2.65 $ 17.25 $ 35,890
Terre Haute, IN 190 2.98 2.60 $ 14.39 $ 29,930