Knowing how to do Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation properly can be very important during an emergency. That’s why being a CPR instructor is an important and rewarding career. These professionals teach CPR techniques to ordinary citizens or those learning to be emergency medical technicians. In many cases, CPR instructors were former EMTs. But while CPR instructors usually earn more than EMTs, salaries can vary widely depending on where you live.
All emergency medical technicians and paramedics earned an average of $14.10 an hour as of 2008, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. MyMajors.com states that CPR instructors earn an average of about $52,790 a year, or $25.38 an hour. There is a big difference between the stress of a paramedic's job and the safety of CPR training in the confines of a classroom. Nevertheless, the pay increase is based on the completion of certification courses. Degree Directory states that you can only receive a CPR instructor certification if you have already completed an American Heart Association CPR certification and basic life support (or BLS) certification program.
Bigger cities can net a CPR instructor substantial jumps in salary according to Salary Expert. If you live in Houston, Texas, you can earn $155,984 a year in this career. New York City is second at $146,074 a year. Miami, Florida also pays well, at $135,085.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a CPR instructor earns $79,134. Chicago, Illinois pays an average of $82,313 per year. Other cities around the $90,000 range include Charlotte, North Carolina at $90,830 and Dallas, Texas at $95,174.
Where CPR Instructors Work
CPR instructors sometimes volunteer their time teaching CPR at local fire houses or other locations. If you want to work as a CPR instructor full-time, Degree Directory says you can often find job listings in places like hospitals, universities or community centers.