Paramedics

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2019 Workforce
127k
Average Age
36.7
Average Salary
$62,005
Average Male Salary
$63,413
Average Female Salary
$58,667

About

Paramedics are most often employed by the Other health care services industry. The average yearly wage for Paramedics was $62,005 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Paramedics by wage are Writers & authors, Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations, and Conservation scientists & foresters.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Paramedics are Manhattan City PUMA, KS, Central Texas COG (West), Burnet & Llano Counties PUMA, TX, and Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Paramedics are Manhattan City PUMA, KS, Lawton City PUMA, OK, and Hope Mills & Spring Lake Towns PUMA, NC.

Employment

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 Strafford, Rockingham (Northern) & Carroll (Southeastern) Counties PUMA, NH but are relatively concentrated in Manhattan City PUMA, KS.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$62,005
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,067

In 2019, Paramedics earned an average of $62,005, $6,481 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Writers & authors make somewhat more than Paramedics while Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations 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

0.338
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Paramedics had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.338, 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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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Paramedics, by average wage, are Offices of physicians, Offices of other health practitioners, and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

127k
2019 Workforce
± 8,747
28.2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.11%

The number of people employed as Paramedics has been growing at a rate of 28.2%, from 99,083 people in 2018 to 127,029 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Paramedics employed by various industries. Other health care services employs the largest share of Paramedics at  42.6%, followed by Justice, public order, & safety activities  with 16.7% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 16.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Paramedics in the US. The average age of male Paramedics in the workforce is 36.9 and of female Paramedics is 36.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Paramedics is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

89.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 7,336
37.7k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,766

70.3% of Paramedics are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

77.8% of Paramedics are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.5% 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 Gender

36.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.935
36.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.46

The median age of Paramedics is 36.7, and Male employees are generally 0.499 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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