Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
221,760 1.3 % $16.01 $33,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.48 $11.57 $14.60 $19.03 $24.70
Annual Wage (2) $19,710 $24,070 $30,360 $39,590 $51,370


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 107,290 42.61 $14.70 $30,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 65,400 1.17 $17.77 $36,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,410 0.73 $16.24 $33,780
Offices of Physicians 1,730 0.08 $16.00 $33,270
Outpatient Care Centers 1,430 0.24 $14.86 $30,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 107,290 42.61 $14.70 $30,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 65,400 1.17 $17.77 $36,960
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 810 1.01 $14.68 $30,540
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 37,410 0.73 $16.24 $33,780
Spectator Sports 450 0.34 $14.39 $29,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 1,400 0.06 $24.02 $49,960
Waste Treatment and Disposal 80 0.08 $23.97 $49,860
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 50 (7) $23.41 $48,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 260 0.01 $20.74 $43,140
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $20.31 $42,240


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 15,220 1.09 0.62 $17.37 $36,140
Texas 15,010 1.49 0.85 $15.23 $31,680
New York 13,370 1.60 0.92 $17.75 $36,910
Pennsylvania 12,760 2.33 1.33 $14.64 $30,460
Illinois 10,450 1.89 1.08 $18.54 $38,560




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 1,730 3.00 1.72 $14.59 $30,340
Missouri 7,620 2.94 1.69 $15.34 $31,920
West Virginia 1,950 2.84 1.63 $11.72 $24,370
Tennessee 7,000 2.73 1.56 $15.21 $31,640
Kentucky 4,550 2.65 1.52 $13.65 $28,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,310 2.05 1.18 $23.97 $49,870
Alaska 450 1.47 0.84 $23.10 $48,050
Hawaii 500 0.88 0.51 $23.04 $47,920
Oregon 2,530 1.61 0.93 $21.43 $44,570
Washington 2,850 1.06 0.61 $20.93 $43,530

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,470 1.50 0.86 $19.03 $39,580
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 6,500 1.83 1.05 $21.17 $44,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,660 1.66 0.95 $15.72 $32,700
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,390 1.88 1.08 $18.10 $37,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,270 1.31 0.75 $17.65 $36,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,220 2.57 1.47 $17.96 $37,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,200 0.84 0.48 $14.79 $30,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,000 1.31 0.75 $24.13 $50,190
Pittsburgh, PA 2,930 2.68 1.54 $13.70 $28,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,840 1.71 0.98 $17.38 $36,150




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnstown, PA 500 9.14 5.24 $10.57 $21,990
Ocean City, NJ 280 7.42 4.25 $15.31 $31,840
Anderson, SC 400 7.17 4.11 $13.37 $27,810
Florence, SC 440 5.77 3.31 $13.50 $28,070
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 250 5.58 3.20 $15.11 $31,430
Dothan, AL 290 5.23 3.00 $14.61 $30,390
Prescott, AZ 270 5.09 2.92 $13.67 $28,440
Tyler, TX 440 4.93 2.82 $17.87 $37,160
Modesto, CA 740 4.92 2.82 $20.87 $43,410
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 230 3.96 2.27 $15.69 $32,630




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.67 $65,880
Coeur d'Alene, ID (8) (8) (8) $29.84 $62,070
Anchorage, AK 50 0.33 0.19 $25.15 $52,310
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.60 0.34 $24.49 $50,950
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 1.18 0.67 $24.34 $50,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,000 1.31 0.75 $24.13 $50,190
Olympia, WA (8) (8) (8) $23.96 $49,840
El Centro, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.53 $48,950
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 1,380 1.44 0.82 $23.37 $48,600
Harrisonburg, VA (8) (8) (8) $23.11 $48,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 1,560 4.12 2.36 $11.22 $23,340
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,180 4.06 2.33 $14.47 $30,100
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 1,030 6.11 3.50 $11.99 $24,940
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,010 5.69 3.26 $14.28 $29,700
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 920 3.44 1.97 $13.55 $28,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 860 7.50 4.30 $12.09 $25,150
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 240 7.26 4.16 $15.09 $31,390
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 330 6.38 3.66 $13.43 $27,930
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 530 6.35 3.64 $12.01 $24,980
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 70 6.31 3.62 $12.08 $25,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.28 $56,740
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 2.13 1.22 $24.40 $50,760
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 0.97 $24.26 $50,470
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.89 1.08 $24.02 $49,970
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.85 0.49 $21.92 $45,590


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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