Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

Lowest Paying Metros for EMTs

  • Lowest Paying Metros for EMTs
    1/ Wikicommons

    Lowest Paying Metros for EMTs

    The emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic field is a challenging career path focused on providing rapid medical services in a mobile, fast-paced environment. While this role offers the altruistic reward of directly helping your community, actual compensation for this occupation can vary drastically depending on where you live and work.

    At Stacker, we analyzed the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report on occupational wages to explore areas in the United States where EMTs and paramedics are paid the least. Our list focuses on metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), places defined as urban areas with populations of more than 50,000 surrounded by communities that are socially and economically integrated.

    Some states like Florida, Alabama, Ohio, and Pennsylvania lay claim to multiple areas with poor pay, read on to explore the full list of MSAs with the lowest EMT and paramedic pay.

  • #50. Appleton, WI
    2/ Ragingpeasant // Wikimedia

    #50. Appleton, WI

    Average Annual Wage: $29,280
    Percent Below National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: 70
    Employment per 1,000: 0.59
     

  • #49. Terre Haute, IN
    3/ bubba73 // Wikimedia

    #49. Terre Haute, IN

    Average Annual Wage: $29,160
    Percent Below National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: 130
    Employment per 1,000: 1.99

  • #48. Albany, GA
    4/ Twister3328 // Wikimedia

    #48. Albany, GA

    Average Annual Wage: $29,150
    Percent Below National Average: 19%
    Total Employed: 290
    Employment per 1,000: 4.97

  • #47. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
    5/ Contrib123456 // Wikimedia

    #47. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

    Average Annual Wage: $28,950
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 230
    Employment per 1,000: 1.07

  • #46. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
    6/ Nicholas // Wikimedia

    #46. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,930
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 540
    Employment per 1,000: 2.5

  • #45. Williamsport, PA
    7/ Ruhrfisch // Wikimedia

    #45. Williamsport, PA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,930
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 80
    Employment per 1,000: 1.61

  • #44. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH
    8/ Roseohioresident // wikimedia

    #44. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

    Average Annual Wage: $28,920
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 120
    Employment per 1,000: 3.05

  • #43. Valdosta, GA
    9/ Ebyabe // Wikimedia

    #43. Valdosta, GA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,840
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 190
    Employment per 1,000: 3.58

  • #42. Springfield, MO
    10/ Kbh3rd // Wikimedia

    #42. Springfield, MO

    Average Annual Wage: $28,810
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 510
    Employment per 1,000: 2.53

  • #41. Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
    11/ Carol M. Highsmith // Wikimedia

    #41. Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,720
    Percent Below National Average: 20%
    Total Employed: 720
    Employment per 1,000: 2.8

  • #40. Birmingham-Hoover, AL
    12/ Eric in SF // Wikimedia

    #40. Birmingham-Hoover, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $28,500
    Percent Below National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: 650
    Employment per 1,000: 1.29

  • #39. Akron, OH
    13/ Pub. by Central News Company. Akron, Ohio. "Tichnor Quality Views," Reg. U. S. Pat. Off. Made Only by Tichnor Bros., Inc., Boston, Mass. // Wikimedia

    #39. Akron, OH

    Average Annual Wage: $28,440
    Percent Below National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: 690
    Employment per 1,000: 2.12

  • #38. Elkhart-Goshen, IN
    14/ Derek Jensen // Wikimedia

    #38. Elkhart-Goshen, IN

    Average Annual Wage: $28,390
    Percent Below National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: 140
    Employment per 1,000: 1.09

  • #37. Abilene, TX
    15/ Keithimus // Wikimedia

    #37. Abilene, TX

    Average Annual Wage: $28,350
    Percent Below National Average: 21%
    Total Employed: 120
    Employment per 1,000: 1.86

  • #36. Athens-Clarke County, GA
    16/ Cocksfan // Wikipedia

    #36. Athens-Clarke County, GA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,330
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: 260
    Employment per 1,000: 3.09

  • #35. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ
    17/ GeorgeNeedham // Wikimedia

    #35. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

    Average Annual Wage: $28,300
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: 80
    Employment per 1,000: 2.59

  • #34. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
    18/ Wikimedia

    #34. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

    Average Annual Wage: $28,300
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #33. Gadsden, AL
    19/ Prestinian // Wikimedia

    #33. Gadsden, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $28,160
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #32. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
    20/ Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau // Wikimedia

    #32. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

    Average Annual Wage: $28,100
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: 280
    Employment per 1,000: 1.56

  • #31. Carbondale-Marion, IL
    21/ Explorecdale // Wikimedia

    #31. Carbondale-Marion, IL

    Average Annual Wage: $28,040
    Percent Below National Average: 22%
    Total Employed: 170
    Employment per 1,000: 3.34

  • #30. Columbus, OH
    22/ Tysto // Wikimedia

    #30. Columbus, OH

    Average Annual Wage: $27,960
    Percent Below National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 1400
    Employment per 1,000: 1.37

  • #29. Bismarck, ND
    23/ Xnatedawgx // Wikimedia

    #29. Bismarck, ND

    Average Annual Wage: $27,910
    Percent Below National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 120
    Employment per 1,000: 1.63

  • #28. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL
    24/ Thomson200 // Wikimedia

    #28. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $27,750
    Percent Below National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 160
    Employment per 1,000: 3.82

  • #27. Lake Charles, LA
    25/ Jburge123 // Wikimedia

    #27. Lake Charles, LA

    Average Annual Wage: $27,710
    Percent Below National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 590
    Employment per 1,000: 5.79

  • #26. Sumter, SC
    26/ U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber E. N. Jacobs // Wikimedia

    #26. Sumter, SC

    Average Annual Wage: $27,690
    Percent Below National Average: 23%
    Total Employed: 110
    Employment per 1,000: 3.05

  • #25. Johnstown, PA
    27/ Generic1139 // Wikimedia

    #25. Johnstown, PA

    Average Annual Wage: $27,610
    Percent Below National Average: 24%
    Total Employed: 440
    Employment per 1,000: 8.21

  • #24. Canton-Massillon, OH
    28/ Roseohioresident // wikimedia

    #24. Canton-Massillon, OH

    Average Annual Wage: $27,560
    Percent Below National Average: 24%
    Total Employed: 420
    Employment per 1,000: 2.5

  • #23. Port St. Lucie, FL
    29/ Tony Santana, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers // Wikimedia

    #23. Port St. Lucie, FL

    Average Annual Wage: $27,500
    Percent Below National Average: 24%
    Total Employed: 330
    Employment per 1,000: 2.39

  • #22. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
    30/ JaGa // Wikimedia

    #22. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

    Average Annual Wage: $27,490
    Percent Below National Average: 24%
    Total Employed: 420
    Employment per 1,000: 3.18

  • #21. Springfield, IL
    31/ Eovart Caceir // Wikimedia

    #21. Springfield, IL

    Average Annual Wage: $27,360
    Percent Below National Average: 24%
    Total Employed: 230
    Employment per 1,000: 2.15

  • #20. Utica-Rome, NY
    32/ Saffron Blaze

    #20. Utica-Rome, NY

    Average Annual Wage: $27,240
    Percent Below National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: 190
    Employment per 1,000: 1.56

  • #19. Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL
    33/ Carol M. Highsmith // Wikimedia

    #19. Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $27,210
    Percent Below National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: 240
    Employment per 1,000: 4.43

  • #18. Springfield, OH
    34/ Tysto // Wikimedia

    #18. Springfield, OH

    Average Annual Wage: $27,150
    Percent Below National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: 280
    Employment per 1,000: 5.81

  • #17. East Stroudsburg, PA
    35/ Doug Kerr // Wikimedia

    #17. East Stroudsburg, PA

    Average Annual Wage: $27,120
    Percent Below National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #16. Morgantown, WV
    36/ Jae69376 // wikimedia

    #16. Morgantown, WV

    Average Annual Wage: $27,100
    Percent Below National Average: 25%
    Total Employed: 140
    Employment per 1,000: 2.18

  • #15. Wheeling, WV-OH
    37/ Brandon W. Holmes // Wikimedia

    #15. Wheeling, WV-OH

    Average Annual Wage: $26,860
    Percent Below National Average: 26%
    Total Employed: 110
    Employment per 1,000: 1.69

  • #14. Provo-Orem, UT
    38/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #14. Provo-Orem, UT

    Average Annual Wage: $26,490
    Percent Below National Average: 27%
    Total Employed: 70
    Employment per 1,000: 0.33

  • #13. Wichita Falls, TX
    39/ Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia

    #13. Wichita Falls, TX

    Average Annual Wage: $26,470
    Percent Below National Average: 27%
    Total Employed: 100
    Employment per 1,000: 1.7

  • #12. Tulsa, OK
    40/ Caleb Long // Wikimedia

    #12. Tulsa, OK

    Average Annual Wage: $26,380
    Percent Below National Average: 27%
    Total Employed: 730
    Employment per 1,000: 1.7

  • #11. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL
    41/ Skye Marthaler // wikimedia

    #11. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

    Average Annual Wage: $26,280
    Percent Below National Average:27%
    Total Employed: 210
    Employment per 1,000: 1.96

  • #10. St. George, UT
    42/ Nick Christensen // Wikimedia

    #10. St. George, UT

    Average Annual Wage: $26,150
    Percent Below National Average: 28%
    Total Employed: 70
    Employment per 1,000: 1.21

  • #9. Fargo, ND-MN
    43/ AJ LEON // Wikimedia

    #9. Fargo, ND-MN

    Average Annual Wage: $25,840
    Percent Below National Average: 28%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #8. Topeka, KS
    44/ America's Power // Wikimedia

    #8. Topeka, KS

    Average Annual Wage: $25,800
    Percent Below National Average: 29%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #7. Lawton, OK
    45/ Crimsonedge34 // Wikipedia

    #7. Lawton, OK

    Average Annual Wage: $25,530
    Percent Below National Average: 29%
    Total Employed: 80
    Employment per 1,000: 1.75

  • #6. Saginaw, MI
    46/ Hsxeric // Wikimedia

    #6. Saginaw, MI

    Average Annual Wage: $25,480
    Percent Below National Average: 29%
    Total Employed: 220
    Employment per 1,000: 2.61

  • #5. Gettysburg, PA
    47/ Daderot // Wikimedia

    #5. Gettysburg, PA

    Average Annual Wage: $25,390
    Percent Below National Average: 30%
    Total Employed: 100
    Employment per 1,000: 2.95

  • #4. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR
    48/ Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia

    #4. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

    Average Annual Wage: $25,260
    Percent Below National Average: 30%
    Total Employed: 340
    Employment per 1,000: 1

  • #3. Salem, OR
    49/ Sheila Sund // Flickr

    #3. Salem, OR

    Average Annual Wage: $25,080
    Percent Below National Average: 31%
    Total Employed: n/a
    Employment per 1,000: n/a

  • #2. Tuscaloosa, AL
    50/ Matthew Tosh // Wikimedia

    #2. Tuscaloosa, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $24,920
    Percent Below National Average: 31%
    Total Employed: 200
    Employment per 1,000: 2.01

  • #1. Dothan, AL
    51/ Michael Rivera // Wikimedia

    #1. Dothan, AL

    Average Annual Wage: $21,600
    Percent Below National Average: 40%
    Total Employed: 140
    Employment per 1,000: 2.56

2018 All rights reserved.