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Highest Paying Metros for EMTs

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    Highest Paying Metros for EMTs

    Across the United States, nearly 250,000 people are employed as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics, with a majority of them concentrated in major city centers like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston. With an expected 15% increase in employment in the next ten years, anticipated EMT job growth is more than double the national average rate for all occupations as the need for additional medical services continues to swell across the US.

    While the average annual income for an EMT is $36,110, that figure can vary greatly from city to city. At Stacker, we analyzed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 report on occupational wages in order to identify which areas offer the highest annual average wages for EMTs. Our analysis focuses on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), recognized as highly socially and economically integrated communities focused around at least one urban area that has a population of greater than 50,000.

    One state that consistently ranked for high EMT wages was Washington, with six of the top ten highest paying regions on our list. But Washington isn’t the only state paying well, as all of the metropolitan areas ranked in the top half of our list boast annual wages that outpace the national average by at least 25%. Read on to see which MSAs across America offer the highest pay for this quickly growing profession.

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    #50. Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

    Average Annual Wage: $41,350
    Percent Above National Average: 15%
    Total Employed: 130
    Employment per 1,000: 1.53
     

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    #49. Bend-Redmond, OR

    Average Annual Wage: $41,380
    Percent Above National Average: 15%
    Total Employed: 40
    Employment per 1,000: 0.55
     

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    #48. New Bedford, MA

    Average Annual Wage: $41,420
    Percent Above National Average: 15%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #47. Coeur d'Alene, ID

    Average Annual Wage: $41,630
    Percent Above National Average: 15%
    Total Employed: 30
    Employment per 1,000: 0.54
     

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    #46. Memphis, TN-MS-AR

    Average Annual Wage: $41,640
    Percent Above National Average: 15%
    Total Employed: 1,290
    Employment per 1,000: 2.06
     

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    #45. Columbus, GA-AL

    Average Annual Wage: $41,780
    Percent Above National Average: 16%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #44. Tucson, AZ

    Average Annual Wage: $41,790
    Percent Above National Average: 16%
    Total Employed: 360
    Employment per 1,000: 1
     

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    #43. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

    Average Annual Wage: $41,950
    Percent Above National Average: 16%
    Total Employed: 490
    Employment per 1,000: 0.87
     

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    #42. Springfield, MA-CT

    Average Annual Wage: $42,140
    Percent Above National Average: 17%
    Total Employed: 420
    Employment per 1,000: 1.31
     

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    #41. Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

    Average Annual Wage: $42,220
    Percent Above National Average: 17%
    Total Employed: 330
    Employment per 1,000: 2.6
     

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    #40. Amarillo, TX

    Average Annual Wage: $42,460
    Percent Above National Average: 18%
    Total Employed: 160
    Employment per 1,000: 1.37
     

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    #39. Lafayette, LA

    Average Annual Wage: $42,500
    Percent Above National Average: 18%
    Total Employed: 560
    Employment per 1,000: 2.74
     

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    #38. Framingham, MA NECTA Division

    Average Annual Wage: $42,560
    Percent Above National Average: 18%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #37. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $42,790
    Percent Above National Average: 18%
    Total Employed: 2,500
    Employment per 1,000: 1.1
     

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    #36. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

    Average Annual Wage: $42,860
    Percent Above National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #35. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

    Average Annual Wage: $42,930
    Percent Above National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: 970
    Employment per 1,000: 1.67
     

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    #34. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

    Average Annual Wage: $43,100
    Percent Above National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: 220
    Employment per 1,000: 3.76
     

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    #33. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

    Average Annual Wage: $43,310
    Percent Above National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 2,910
    Employment per 1,000: 2.16
     

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    #32. Elmira, NY

    Average Annual Wage: $43,690
    Percent Above National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #31. Reno, NV

    Average Annual Wage: $43,720
    Percent Above National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #30. Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $43,830
    Percent Above National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: 1,010
    Employment per 1,000: 1.11
     

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    #29. Yuba City, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $44,070
    Percent Above National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: 110
    Employment per 1,000: 2.65
     

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    #28. Austin-Round Rock, TX

    Average Annual Wage: $44,280
    Percent Above National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 1,220
    Employment per 1,000: 1.27
     

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    #27. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $44,580
    Percent Above National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 290
    Employment per 1,000: 2.22
     

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    #26. Ames, IA

    Average Annual Wage: $45,160
    Percent Above National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: 40
    Employment per 1,000: 0.85
     

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    #25. Pueblo, CO

    Average Annual Wage: $45,220
    Percent Above National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a
     

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    #24. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

    Average Annual Wage: $45,890
    Percent Above National Average: 27%
    Total Employed: 2,120
    Employment per 1,000: 1.11
     

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    #23. Boulder, CO

    Average Annual Wage: $46,580
    Percent Above National Average: 29%
    Total Employed: 130
    Employment per 1,000: 0.73
     

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    #22. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

    Average Annual Wage: $47,150
    Percent Above National Average: 31%
    Total Employed: 3,260
    Employment per 1,000: 1.06
     

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    #21. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

    Average Annual Wage: $47,350
    Percent Above National Average: 31%
    Total Employed: 2,020
    Employment per 1,000: 1.43
     

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    #20. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

    Average Annual Wage: $47,810
    Percent Above National Average: 32%
    Total Employed: 8,320
    Employment per 1,000: 1.83
     

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    #19. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $48,020
    Percent Above National Average: 33%
    Total Employed: 290
    Employment per 1,000: 0.28
     

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    #18. New Haven, CT

    Average Annual Wage: $48,730
    Percent Above National Average: 35%
    Total Employed: 850
    Employment per 1,000: 3.03
     

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    #17. Urban Honolulu, HI

    Average Annual Wage: $48,970
    Percent Above National Average: 36%
    Total Employed: 780
    Employment per 1,000: 1.69
     

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    #16. Carson City, NV

    Average Annual Wage: $50,160
    Percent Above National Average: 39%
    Total Employed: 40
    Employment per 1,000: 1.46
     

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    #15. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

    Average Annual Wage: $50,280
    Percent Above National Average: 39%
    Total Employed: 180
    Employment per 1,000: 1.29
     

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    #14. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

    Average Annual Wage: $50,670
    Percent Above National Average: 40%
    Total Employed: 1,110
    Employment per 1,000: 0.98
     

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    #13. Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division

    Average Annual Wage: $50,940
    Percent Above National Average: 41%
    Total Employed: 130
    Employment per 1,000: 1.69
     

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    #12. Lewiston, ID-WA

    Average Annual Wage: $51,530
    Percent Above National Average: 43%
    Total Employed: 40
    Employment per 1,000: 1.59
     

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    #11. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

    Average Annual Wage: $52,950
    Percent Above National Average: 47%
    Total Employed: 710
    Employment per 1,000: 1.69
     

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    #10. Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

    Average Annual Wage: $54,130
    Percent Above National Average: 50%
    Total Employed: 40
    Employment per 1,000: 0.27
     

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    #9. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $56,250
    Percent Above National Average: 56%
    Total Employed: 110
    Employment per 1,000: 2.49
     

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    #8. Redding, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $57,730
    Percent Above National Average: 60%
    Total Employed: 80
    Employment per 1,000: 1.37
     

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    #7. Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $57,980
    Percent Above National Average: 61%
    Total Employed: 190
    Employment per 1,000: 2.3
     

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    #6. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

    Average Annual Wage: $59,160
    Percent Above National Average: 64%
    Total Employed: 30
    Employment per 1,000: 0.36
     

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    #5. Bellingham, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $60,490
    Percent Above National Average: 68%
    Total Employed: 120
    Employment per 1,000: 1.4
     

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    #4. Anchorage, AK

    Average Annual Wage: $61,800
    Percent Above National Average: 71%
    Total Employed: 100
    Employment per 1,000: 0.57
     

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    #3. Olympia-Tumwater, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $70,240
    Percent Above National Average: 95%
    Total Employed: 110
    Employment per 1,000: 1.02
     

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    #2. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $73,780
    Percent Above National Average: 104%
    Total Employed: 2,030
    Employment per 1,000: 1.08
     

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    #1. Kennewick-Richland, WA

    Average Annual Wage: $75,740
    Percent Above National Average: 110%
    Total Employed: 50
    Employment per 1,000: 0.48
     

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