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Best Paying States for EMS

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Top 10 paying states for Paramedics

Looking for places to relocate after I finish school. Any of these places even come close, or is this Fire based?

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Top 10 paying states for Paramedics

Looking for places to relocate after I finish school. Any of these places even come close, or is this Fire based?

not very accurate. lemme track down a website I used in the past that is run by the gov't and will list avg salaries by state and profession

www.payscale.com is a good site

www.salary.com

www.monster.com

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Thank you, I would appreciate it! I currently live in WV, and would love to relocate. We have a very conservative system here, with protocols that look like they came from the early 80's. Sure, I want to make a better living, but I also want to go where I can use what I've learned.

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Just incase you are thinking about going the fire route. Just a word of advice. I would start with a 911 EMS service first and gain as much experience and knowledge as possible as a medic. Get a couple hundred calls under your belt, then make the transition. You will benefit alot more by doing this as your focus will be on EMS vs EMS/Fire which may make somethings obscure or it may not. But thats just my opinion. I know some great firefighters who practice medicine very well, and are very knowledgeable. Im still working my way there through EMTP school hopefully to be done at the end of this year. This is just my opinion.

As far as pay goes. More pay is great. However I hate to say it but most the money to be made is in fire departments. They seem to be the go-getters when it comes to grants and other means of funding.

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Thank you sir, I appreciate the response. Actually, I dont plan on going fire route. I just know most places seem to be going fire based. I've been an EMTB for 7 years or so, heavy 911 volume. I'm hoping to go somewhere that has separate fire/EMS.

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Thank you sir, I appreciate the response. Actually, I dont plan on going fire route. I just know most places seem to be going fire based. I've been an EMTB for 7 years or so, heavy 911 volume. I'm hoping to go somewhere that has separate fire/EMS.

I'd look at individual services you are considering. I know in my state alone there is close to a 20$/hr range from the lowest to the highest paid. You also need to look at things like health insurance, retirement, other bennies, SSM v.s. housed, urban v.s. suburban v.s. rural etc... I wouldn't pick a state based on that article. It's a place to start, but do some homework. Good luck!

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Yeh that list is bogus.

I can debunk two of those states "wages" personally.

I am thinking they have combined the total salary and by that I mean they added the cost of benefits to the wages to show you those hourly rates. This was similar to the propaganda when the IAFF was assisting my FL FD with taking over our EMS system. They put annual salary figures of 65-80K a year as our salary to the general public, but of course that was out total benefits not our actual pay which was 34-39K annually.

In Alaska, I made 30/hour as a flight medic. There are fewer than 10 paid FDs in Alaska, and their annual posted salaries were in the 45-55K range and this was for fire medics. There was an interfacility ambo in Acnhorage and they paid less than 20/hour/

In Delaware, the medics hourly rate is 17-24/hour. I know this because I have interviewed there and considered going there at one point because I like the ALS fly cars they use. :)

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I can tell you from personal experience that Maryland as listed, is artificially high...

Most places in MD are paying between 15-20,, some privates are paying 25 if you like that type of work..

The ONLY ones that are paying $29. are fire based systems where your actual title is FF-EMT-P.....

I think they are getting these figures by averaging out the career firefighters some of whom are making 60-70K and the small depts. where the medics make 10-15 per hour... and coming to this artificially high number

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We should have this kind of database here at EMT-City

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I really appreciate all the responses so far. I already figured the numbers would probably include benefit packaging, and maybe even so far as to include certain levels of tuition reimbursement. A bigger selling point to me is the actual in-hand income vs. cost of living. I know here in WV, I can buy a newer home for less than $65,000, but i'll also top, TOP, out at around $10.50 hr as a medic. $14-$15 if I have my State CCT Cert. I;ve been leaning strongly towards Maryland, Texas, Louisiana (oil rig perhaps?) and NC, with a real interest in Wake Co. EMS. I've been doing some research on Wake Co., and while it's just an opinion, they seem to have a nice balance of pay, benefits, and aggressive protocols. My brother lives in Asheboro, which is only a couple hours away, but he tells me I can find affordable living halfway between him and the Raleigh/RTP area. I'd like to hear from some of you that may work/ have worked in these areas. I don't mean to keep throwing so much out, but I'm pushing 37, so I wanna make the most effective move I can when I do. I want to get alot of the homework done ahead of time. I've seen a few friends that went from EMTB to EMTP, hit the road, and come back 6 months later because they didn't take the time to ask.

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Aside from looking at how much you get paid in these areas, you also have to consider how much the cost of living is in these places too.

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Sounds like you're on the right track, emt217. I'm still in school, but I've done a little bit of market research around here. From the medics I've spoken too, pay is pretty good(35-45K at hire dependent on experience) with good benefits not included in that total for most of the cities around here. A few are higher pay, but much more dangerous/difficult working environment. However, those jobs tend to be few and far between. The city I'm actually living in, I'll probably work as a hospital tech($12+/hour) or on a private transport($14+/hour) until a spot opens and the race starts to snag it. In the meantime, you can always run as a volunteer paramedic until that spots opens which gives you a huge advantage on getting it in addition to keeping your skills sharp. They are also looking at expanding the paid positions so in the next year or so several spots could open at once. Several of the surrounding cities have paid medic positions that would be easier to get. I haven't looked at them as closely just because I'd prefer to stay closer to home, but I can ask around next Wednesday as several of my proctors work in these other cities and I'll let you know what I find.

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Out of curiosity, I'd like to see the 10 worst paying -HA! I'm sure Southern California would top that list. The average salary is around $13/hour in the private sector; some starting off with as little as $11/hour...ehm, AMR. Try making a living on that salary with California's cost of living.

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Also beware many services that claim high hourly wages also require free standby often equal to the number of hours worked so you get paid 24 hours then you have to be available 24 more free unless called back so good chance you can cut the hourly rate in half.

Now in Texas huge range from in Paramedic pay some work free even can you believe that? :huh:

But pay actually can be less than minimum range when you factor in the free standby some have to well over $25 an hour. Now these are strictly EMS some fire may pay more but sounds like you want to be a pre hospital medical professional. If you factored in benefits (free insurance for me my family for less than a $100 more including dental and vision, great retirement, etc ) at my job we are probably over $30 an hour and cost of living is cheap.

Out of curiosity, I'd like to see the 10 worst paying -HA! I'm sure Southern California would top that list.

Nope not on it. Again this pay includes probably benefits etc.

http://www.allhealthcare.com/careers/articles/1881?page=2

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We should have this kind of database here at EMT-City

Agreed I bill willing to Post honest wages for my state we should start a dedicated thread, granted I don't do the box anymore I but I can provide current numbers from friends and cohorts.

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I work in south TX. My full-time job is at a rural 911 county-based service. Pay is better than surounding areas. Paramedics start at 12.50. With cost of living raises every year around 3 percent and really great benefits. We have county provided health insurance, cancer insurance, ICU insurance, and life insurance. Also a great retirement plan. Plus uniform shirts and all CE payed for. Its a great service.

The surrounding services may pay similar but the benefits don't come close.

I also work part-time for a private service making 15 an hour.

I have friends in other states that don't make near as much as I do. I guess it's important to say that cost of living is very low where I live compared to other places.

Hope this helps.

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You are making a big mistake if you base your job search on hourly pay:

1. The places with the highest pay rate will also be the states with the highest cost of living. I am sure New York and California will rate high in pay, but a one bedroom home will cost you three times what it costs in other states.

2. There is probably a catch. If a system is paying far above the norm, it is probably because they HAVE TOO, to attract you. This means you will probably run twice the normal call volume, or work in an area that is similar to a combat zone.

3. The pay rate may be higher because of the hours worked. If you are paid $10.00/hour on a 24/48, you will earn 28,600 per year. If that same system has traditional 40 hour week positions and pay the same yearly salary, the reported hourly rate for that job would be $14.01/hour, but it is still just $28k.

Rather than chase $$$$, find the area you want to live in, the company you believe in that also matches your values and desires, and learn to live within the income that system produces. There is nothing worse than being trapped in a city or pay rate that you can not afford to quit.

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It depends; rural, urban, suburban..... I worked in Westchester County, NY $19/hr. I worked in Rockland County, NY $22/hr. I worked in Orange County, NY $19/hr... I worked in various NYC Hospital 911, $23/hr to $29/hr.... As a Manager, I am not disclosing but it's a lot more than $29/hr..... Good luck; finish school first...... Its tough for EMTs and EMT-Ps to find jobs in NYC.....

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It's also hard to use an hourly rate as most EMS schedules allow plenty of OT. I work a 48 hour on/72 hour off schedule, so one pay check I am guaranteed 12 hours of OT that usually turns into more depending on the call volume. I know many EMS services around in the area that also guarantee OT.

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