How Much do Paramedics Make?

Do paramedics make a lot of money? What is the average pay for paramedics?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paramedics in the United States earn an average of $38,830 a year, equivalent to $18.67 an hour. Paramedics make 27% less than the average American worker.

Paramedics in Hawaii are the best paid, making $56,610 a year, while paramedics in West Virginia make the least at $29,920.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Paramedic Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $28.78 $59,860
75th $22.16 $46,090
50th $17.02 $35,400
25th $13.53 $28,130
10th $11.30 $23,490
Paramedic Wages by State

In what states do paramedics make the most? In what states do paramedics make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $14.54 $30,240
Alaska $24.35 $50,640
Arizona $18.44 $38,350
Arkansas $16.66 $34,660
California $21.00 $43,680
Colorado $20.13 $41,880
Connecticut $22.36 $46,510
Delaware $20.77 $43,200
Florida $17.40 $36,190
Georgia $16.56 $34,450
Hawaii $27.22 $56,610
Idaho $18.91 $39,330
Illinois $20.82 $43,310
Indiana $17.00 $35,350
Iowa $17.65 $36,720
Kansas $14.85 $30,890
Kentucky $15.03 $31,250
Louisiana $20.34 $42,310
Maine $17.16 $35,690
Maryland $24.40 $50,750
Massachusetts $21.22 $44,140
Michigan $16.23 $33,760
Minnesota $20.97 $43,620
Mississippi $15.61 $32,480
Missouri $17.84 $37,120
Montana $15.41 $32,050
Nebraska $17.07 $35,500
Nevada $17.94 $37,320
New Hampshire $18.13 $37,710
New Jersey $18.05 $37,550
New Mexico $17.50 $36,410
New York $21.60 $44,920
North Carolina $18.40 $38,270
North Dakota $16.90 $35,150
Ohio $16.36 $34,020
Oklahoma $17.39 $36,170
Oregon $20.51 $42,660
Pennsylvania $16.50 $34,310
Rhode Island $19.63 $40,820
South Carolina $16.67 $34,670
South Dakota $15.68 $32,620
Tennessee $18.51 $38,500
Texas $17.79 $37,000
Utah $17.13 $35,630
Vermont $17.10 $35,570
Virginia $17.33 $36,040
Washington $26.99 $56,140
West Virginia $14.39 $29,920
Wisconsin $17.28 $35,940
Wyoming $17.03 $35,430
Metro Areas Where Paramedics Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Olympia, WA $38.15 $79,360
Bremerton, WA $29.82 $62,030
Racine, WI $29.32 $60,980
Palm Bay, FL $28.05 $58,350
Durham, NC $27.66 $57,540
Honolulu, HI $27.14 $56,450
Seattle, WA $26.92 $55,990
El Centro, CA $26.90 $55,950
Oxnard, CA $26.41 $54,940
San Francisco, CA $26.05 $54,180
Paramedic Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $18.67 $38,830
2018 $18.15 $37,760
2017 $17.64 $36,700
2016 $17.36 $36,110
2015 $17.04 $35,430
2014 $16.88 $35,110
2013 $16.77 $34,870
2012 $16.53 $34,370
2011 $16.36 $34,030