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The BLS reports the median annual salary for EMTs and paramedics was $31,020 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $53,550, while the lowest-earning 10 percent made approximately $20,180. The highest-paid in the profession work in the metropolitan areas of Tacoma, Wash., San Francisco, Calif., and Olympia, Wash.

Job Salary Year
2004 $26,060.00
2006 $27,960.00
2008 $30,210.00
2010 $33,300.00
2012 $34,370.00

Average Paramedic Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Paramedics take home slightly more on average ($34,370) than the average medical assistant ($30,550). But their mean salary is significantly lower than that of the average physical therapist assistant ($52,320), mental health counselor ($43,290) or clinical social worker ($54,870).

Job Name Salary
Physical Therapist $79,860.00
Occupational Therapist $75,400.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Physical Therapist Assistant $52,160.00
Paramedic $31,020.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00

Best Paying Cities for Paramedics

The highest paid in the paramedic profession work in the metropolitan areas of Tacoma, Wash., San Francisco, and Olympia, Wash. The Bremerton, Wash. area also pays well, as does the city of Chicago.

Tacoma, Wash.

Average Salary: $69,140 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a paramedic working in Tacoma, Wash. is $69,140, which is $38,120 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $66,460 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a paramedic working in San Francisco is $66,460, which is $35,440 more than the average pay in the profession.

Olympia, Wash.

Average Salary: $66,210 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a paramedic working in Olympia, Wash. is $66,210, which is $35,190 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bremerton, Wash.

Average Salary: $59,290 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a paramedic working in Bremerton, Wash. is $59,290, which is $28,270 more than the average pay in the profession.

Chicago

Average Salary: $57,170 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a paramedic working in Chicago is $57,170, which is $26,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

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