Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and
geographic location of their jobs, as well as their training and experience.
Median hourly wages of EMTs and paramedics were $14.10 in May 2008. The middle
50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28. The lowest 10 percent earned less
than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.77. Median hourly
wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in
May 2008 were $12.99 in other ambulatory healthcare services and $15.45 in local
In 2008, about 27 percent of EMTs and paramedics belonged to a union or were
covered by a union contract.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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