These Are The 10 States With The Highest Emergency Medical Technician Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months 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. Alaska
  4. Mississippi
  5. Colorado
  6. Idaho
  7. Tennessee
  8. Texas
  9. Delaware
  10. Minnesota

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 2016 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 $37770, so our index value would be:

$37,770 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,792

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 $62,091 $65,320 105.2
2 Illinois $44,228 $41,840 94.6
3 Alaska $41,411 $54,290 131.1
4 Mississippi $41,129 $35,330 85.9
5 Colorado $40,732 $42,280 103.8
6 Idaho $40,564 $37,360 92.1
7 Tennessee $40,100 $35,850 89.4
8 Texas $39,547 $35,870 90.7
9 Delaware $38,599 $39,140 101.4
10 Minnesota $38,541 $38,850 100.8
11 Wyoming $37,886 $34,780 91.8
12 Missouri $37,798 $34,170 90.4
13 Iowa $37,197 $33,850 91.0
14 Indiana $37,027 $33,140 89.5
15 Utah $36,440 $33,890 93.0
16 North Carolina $36,368 $34,150 93.9
17 Connecticut $36,272 $46,320 127.7
18 Nevada $36,205 $37,400 103.3
19 Arizona $36,153 $35,430 98.0
20 Georgia $36,137 $33,030 91.4
21 New Mexico $35,492 $34,250 96.5
22 Michigan $35,123 $31,260 89.0
23 Kentucky $34,077 $30,840 90.5
24 Oregon $33,884 $39,170 115.6
25 South Carolina $33,235 $32,970 99.2
26 Ohio $33,123 $31,070 93.8
27 West Virginia $33,051 $30,870 93.4
28 Virginia $33,045 $33,310 100.8
29 Arkansas $33,030 $28,770 87.1
30 Pennsylvania $33,017 $33,480 101.4
31 Montana $32,976 $33,240 100.8
32 Maryland $32,924 $41,320 125.5
33 Kansas $32,914 $29,590 89.9
34 Oklahoma $32,836 $29,290 89.2
35 New Hampshire $32,504 $38,030 117.0
36 Florida $32,299 $31,750 98.3
37 North Dakota $32,152 $31,960 99.4
38 Wisconsin $31,869 $30,850 96.8
39 Alabama $31,436 $28,670 91.2
40 New York $31,404 $41,140 131.0
41 Rhode Island $31,333 $37,820 120.7
42 New Jersey $30,730 $37,460 121.9
43 Maine $30,207 $33,470 110.8
44 Massachusetts $29,730 $39,660 133.4
45 Vermont $29,595 $35,840 121.1
46 Hawaii $29,589 $49,680 167.9
47 South Dakota $28,833 $29,900 103.7
48 California $27,792 $37,770 135.9
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