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How Much Do EMTs Make an Hour?

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An EMT, or emergency medical technician, provides emergency medical treatment and assistance to people experiencing health emergencies stemming from an accident, injury or illness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated EMTs earned an average annual salary of $34,870 as of May 2013, which amounted to $16.77 per hour.

By Industry

Ambulatory care was the most prominent employment sector for EMTs. Average hourly wages in this industry were $15.17, according to the BLS. Local government technicians had the highest hourly wage, at $19.12. EMTs who worked for general medical and surgical hospitals averaged $16.97 per hour.

By Location

EMTs in the state of Washington had the highest average wage by state, according to the BLS, at $27.35 per hour. The District of Columbia was next, at $26.65 per hour. Illinois was third, at $23.72.

2016 Salary Information for EMTs and Paramedics

Emts and paramedics earned a median annual salary of $32,670 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, emts and paramedics earned a 25th percentile salary of $25,850, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $42,710, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 248,000 people were employed in the U.S. as emts and paramedics.