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Paramedic and EMT Salaries

When paramedics or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are dispatched, they go out with one specific purpose in mind - to save lives. And in the process of saving lives, they make it a point to respond to emergency situations promptly and adeptly, perform rescue operations if needed and provide first aid to patients aboard an emergency vehicle.

This constant adrenaline rush and the fulfillment of knowing that you helped saved lives are a few of the reasons why brilliant men and women decide to choose a paramedic or an EMT profession. Salaries for EMT Basic and Intermediate range from $25,000-$32,000 per year while Paramedic salaries generally range from about $40,000-$46,000 per year.

Other factors influencing salaries

Education - Paramedics who get longer and better education, get paid better.

Their Skills - This is somewhat related to item number 1. If a paramedic spends more time educating themselves, they have more knowledge and skills needed on the field. And the more skills he gets, the more valuable he or she becomes.

Number of Years in Service - Traditionally, the longer they become a part of the team, the higher their salary gets.

Institution They Are Working For - Pay from well funded and elite hospitals are generally bigger compared to those of public institutions.

The State Where They Are Based - Paramedics based in states and with higher cost of living is more likely to receive a higher pay than those that are situated in rural areas.