As of May 2014, the average salary for an emergency medical technician nationwide was $35,110 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent of EMTs earned a yearly salary of less than $20,690 and the top 10 percent earned more than $54,690 per year.
As of May 2014, the top paying states for EMTs are Washington, paying $57,850 per year; Hawaii, paying $48,970; Illinois, paying $47,580; and Alaska, paying $46,430. The District of Columbia paid EMTs an average yearly salary of $56,390. The top paying metropolitan areas included the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington Metropolitan Division, paying an average of $63,890, and the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Metropolitan Division, paying EMTs $58,610 per year.