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The EMT Salary Information Guide

The EMT Salary Information Guide

Are you considering a career as an Emergency Medical Technician, or EMT? Are you interested in some salary information with regard to this exciting, fast-paced career? If so, you have come to the right place. Here we will outline some of the basic salary information for EMTs across the country, as well as the opportunities for advancement in this wonderful career.

What is an EMT?

An EMT, or Emergency Medical Technician, provides emergency medical assistance to people in distress as well as transport to a hospital if the situation warrants it. To qualify for a job as an EMT, you must be a high school graduate and complete the EMT training program—a program which typically lasts 6 months to a year. Experienced EMTs can further their careers by taking and passing the “paramedics” course, at which time they will become full-fledged paramedics and fall into a higher salary range.

EMT Salary Guide

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median EMT salary in 2009 was just a shade above $30,000 annually. Naturally, this is just an average, as EMTs in some areas, particularly those areas which have large metropolitan areas, are usually paid more.

Not only does the area in which a person lives affect the salary of an EMT, but according to the BLS, who you work for also makes a big difference. EMTs working for government agencies such as police and fire departments will typically earn more than those working for third-party ambulance services. In 2009, EMTS working for government agencies earned a median salary of $36,000, while those working for third-party organizations made about $28,000 annually—a big difference when you consider each is doing the same job.

Obviously these statistics reflect only the starting salaries for these types of positions. Experienced EMTS, especially those who receive paramedic certification, can earn upwards of $60,000 annually in some cases.

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