According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics in the United States was $31,020 in 2012. This equates to roughly $14.91 per hour.
Annual salaries for EMTs can range from approximately $20,000 to $70,000 depending upon location as well as the experience and expertise of the employee. States with the highest EMT salaries include Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Alaska. Lower EMT salaries are found in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Alabama. Urban areas typically have higher EMT salaries than rural areas. Employment of EMTs is projected to grow by 23 percent between 2012 and 2020. This is much faster than average for all occupations tracked by the BLS. As of 2012, there were 239,100 EMTs employed in the United States.