Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
232,860 1.2 % $16.53 $34,370 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.70 $11.81 $14.91 $19.56 $25.74
Annual Wage (2) $20,180 $24,560 $31,020 $40,680 $53,550


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 113,470 43.11 $14.97 $31,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 68,700 1.26 $18.89 $39,300
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,710 0.74 $16.77 $34,880
Other Support Services 2,230 0.78 $15.34 $31,900
Offices of Physicians 1,630 0.07 $16.52 $34,350

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 113,470 43.11 $14.97 $31,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 68,700 1.26 $18.89 $39,300
Other Support Services 2,230 0.78 $15.34 $31,900
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 670 0.76 $14.08 $29,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 38,710 0.74 $16.77 $34,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $26.05 $54,180
Waste Treatment and Disposal 120 0.13 $24.13 $50,180
State Government (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $23.13 $48,120
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 60 0.01 $22.82 $47,450
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 40 (7) $22.59 $46,980


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)
California 16,960 1.19 0.66 $16.45 $34,210
New York 15,470 1.81 1.01 $18.85 $39,210
Pennsylvania 13,840 2.47 1.38 $15.48 $32,210
Texas 13,290 1.26 0.70 $15.38 $31,980
Illinois 12,670 2.25 1.26 $23.25 $48,350




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 1,870 3.22 1.80 $15.01 $31,220
Tennessee 8,070 3.04 1.70 $15.28 $31,780
Delaware 1,180 2.90 1.62 $18.25 $37,960
South Carolina 5,000 2.79 1.56 $15.75 $32,750
Kentucky 4,730 2.68 1.50 $14.32 $29,790




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 (8) (8) (8) $25.45 $52,930
Alaska 380 1.18 0.66 $24.79 $51,570
Washington 3,770 1.36 0.76 $24.51 $50,980
Illinois 12,670 2.25 1.26 $23.25 $48,350
Maryland 4,570 1.82 1.02 $20.39 $42,410





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 8,510 2.34 1.31 $27.48 $57,170
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,300 1.61 0.90 $20.19 $41,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,610 1.19 0.67 $13.60 $28,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,230 1.87 1.05 $15.34 $31,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,720 2.04 1.14 $18.43 $38,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,470 2.03 1.14 $19.24 $40,020
Pittsburgh, PA 3,310 2.94 1.64 $14.87 $30,930
Baltimore-Towson, MD 3,200 2.54 1.42 $20.09 $41,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,050 2.39 1.34 $16.72 $34,780
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,490 0.94 0.53 $17.17 $35,700