Paramedics

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
107k
Average Age
36.7
Average Salary
$57,215
Average Male Salary
$59,834
Average Female Salary
$50,618

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Paramedics are most often employed by the Other health care services industry. The average yearly wage for Paramedics was $57,215 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Paramedics by wage are Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers, Chemical technicians, and Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders.

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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Paramedics and on wages and locations for those in the field. Other health care services is the industry that employs the most Paramedics, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Paramedics, by average wage, is Offices of physicians. Paramedics are paid most in South San Francisco, San Bruno & Brisbane Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC.

Yearly Wage

$57,215
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,519

In 2020, Paramedics earned an average of $57,215, $1,261 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers make somewhat more than Paramedics while Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Paramedics as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.332
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Paramedics had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.332, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for 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 Paramedics.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Paramedics

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Paramedics.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Paramedics, by average wage, are Offices of physicians, U. S. Navy, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

107k
2020 Workforce
± 8,019
4.86%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Paramedics has been growing at a rate of 4.86%, from 101,808 people in 2019 to 106,753 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Paramedics employed by various industries. Other health care services employs the largest share of Paramedics at  46.7%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 17.5% and Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 16.3%.

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Demographic information on Paramedics in the US. The average age of male Paramedics in the workforce is 37 and of female Paramedics is 35.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Paramedics is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

76.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,785
30.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,276

71.6% of Paramedics are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Paramedics.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Paramedics
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

76.3% of Paramedics are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.54% of Paramedics, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Paramedics.

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Age by Sex

37
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.01
35.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.62

The median age of Paramedics is 36.7, and Male employees are generally 1.16 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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

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