Emergency medical technicians & paramedics

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Total Workforce

209k

Average Age

35.9

Average Salary

$44,218

Average Male Salary

$47,829

Average Female Salary

$37,130

About

Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are most often employed by the Other health care services industry. The average yearly wage for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics was $44,218 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Emergency medical technicians & paramedics by wage are Firstline supervisors of gaming workers, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, and Automotive body & related repairers.

Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, Cullman & Winston Counties PUMA, AL, and Burlington City PUMA, NC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are Cullman & Winston Counties PUMA, AL, Southwest Georgia Regional Commission (West & Central) PUMA, GA, and Jacksonville City PUMA, NC.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Emergency medical technicians & paramedics and on wages and locations for those in the field. Other health care services is the industry that employs the most Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, by average wage, is Offices of other health practitioners. Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are paid most in Carteret, Beaufort & Pamlico Counties PUMA, NC but are relatively concentrated in Cullman & Winston Counties PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$44,218

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,058

In 2017, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics earned an average of $44,218, $7,846 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Automotive body & related repairers make somewhat more than Emergency medical technicians & paramedics while Firstline supervisors of gaming workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Emergency medical technicians & paramedics as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.345

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.345, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, by number of employees, are Other health care services, Hospitals, and Justice, public order, & safety activities .

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, by average wage, are Offices of other health practitioners, National security & international affairs, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Industries by Share

209k

2017 Workforce

± 11,222

-2.11%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.71%

The number of people employed as Emergency medical technicians & paramedics has been declining at a rate of -2.11%, from 213,731 people in 2016 to 209,214 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics employed by various industries. Other health care services employs the largest share of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics at  54.1%, followed by Hospitals with 22.1% and Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 14.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Emergency medical technicians & paramedics in the US. The average age of male Emergency medical technicians & paramedics in the workforce is 36.5 and of female Emergency medical technicians & paramedics is 34.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics is White.

Gender Composition

139k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 9,136

70.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 6,522

66.3% of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Two or More Races

82.8% of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.68% of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics.

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Age by Gender

36.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.81

34.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.1

The median age of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics is 35.9, and Male employees are generally 1.78 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics is Biology but a relatively high number of Emergency medical technicians & paramedics hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Emergency medical technicians & paramedics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Emergency medical technicians & paramedics need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Speaking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Emergency medical technicians & paramedics need more than the average amount of Science, Operation and Control, and Equipment Selection.

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