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.
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.
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.