The 10 States With The Highest Emergency Medical Technician Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 4 days ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do emergency medical technicians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for emergency medical technicians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for emergency medical technicians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for emergency medical technicians after this adjustment? That would be Emergency Medical Technicians And Paramedics.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Washington
  2. Illinois
  3. Minnesota
  4. Idaho
  5. Tennessee
  6. Colorado
  7. Texas
  8. Delaware
  9. Maryland
  10. Iowa

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for emergency medical technicians from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $39350, so our index value would be:

$39,350 * (100 / 135.9) = $28,955

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for emergency medical technicians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Emergency Medical Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $64,258 $67,600 105.2
2 Illinois $44,334 $41,940 94.6
3 Minnesota $42,123 $42,460 100.8
4 Idaho $41,216 $37,960 92.1
5 Tennessee $40,939 $36,600 89.4
6 Colorado $40,770 $42,320 103.8
7 Texas $40,374 $36,620 90.7
8 Delaware $40,167 $40,730 101.4
9 Maryland $39,434 $49,490 125.5
10 Iowa $39,296 $35,760 91.0
11 Arizona $39,040 $38,260 98.0
12 Louisiana $38,955 $36,930 94.8
13 Mississippi $38,777 $33,310 85.9
14 North Carolina $38,551 $36,200 93.9
15 Missouri $38,230 $34,560 90.4
16 Indiana $38,033 $34,040 89.5
17 Michigan $37,887 $33,720 89.0
18 Wyoming $37,167 $34,120 91.8
19 Georgia $37,144 $33,950 91.4
20 Oklahoma $37,017 $33,020 89.2
21 New Mexico $36,953 $35,660 96.5
22 Oregon $36,738 $42,470 115.6
23 Connecticut $36,718 $46,890 127.7
24 Arkansas $36,509 $31,800 87.1
25 Alaska $36,445 $47,780 131.1
26 Utah $36,419 $33,870 93.0
27 Florida $36,408 $35,790 98.3
28 Nebraska $36,168 $33,130 91.6
29 Wisconsin $35,929 $34,780 96.8
30 Nevada $35,082 $36,240 103.3
31 Virginia $35,029 $35,310 100.8
32 South Carolina $34,848 $34,570 99.2
33 Kentucky $34,729 $31,430 90.5
34 Ohio $34,328 $32,200 93.8
35 Kansas $33,948 $30,520 89.9
36 New York $33,679 $44,120 131.0
37 Pennsylvania $33,510 $33,980 101.4
38 Rhode Island $33,198 $40,070 120.7
39 Alabama $33,179 $30,260 91.2
40 North Dakota $32,877 $32,680 99.4
41 West Virginia $32,858 $30,690 93.4
42 New Hampshire $32,811 $38,390 117.0
43 Montana $32,757 $33,020 100.8
44 Hawaii $32,382 $54,370 167.9
45 South Dakota $31,205 $32,360 103.7
46 Massachusetts $31,161 $41,570 133.4
47 Maine $30,839 $34,170 110.8
48 New Jersey $30,730 $37,460 121.9
49 California $28,955 $39,350 135.9
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