As the demand for paramedics continues to grow nationwide, it is important to understand how much these professionals make in each state. The average salary for paramedics is $38,830, which is over $10,000 less than the average annual salary for all occupations, $51,960.

In 2022, the highest paid paramedics worked in Washington ($90,980), New Jersey ($76,500), and Connecticut ($71,470). While these salaries are above the national average, they are still not enough to offset high operating costs for EMS systems, including payroll, fuel, equipment, medical supplies, and insurance premiums.

Considering the high turnover rate in EMS, finding a good job is essential for those interested in becoming paramedics. To help them find the best positions, we analyzed salaries from millions of jobs published locally throughout America using ZipRecruiter’s robust job search engine. We found that the top 10 cities for paramedics pay on average above the national average, with Redwood City leading the way at $26/hour.

These 10 cities also offer excellent opportunities for paramedics to advance their careers, with the average salary in these areas rising by 6% from 2014 to 2019. It is important to note that while these cities pay well, they do not provide a large financial advantage over other states. This is primarily because of the financial constraints on EMS agencies, which is caused by low per-transport Medicare reimbursement rates and a lack of adequate funding from private payers. This is a challenge across the country, which is why it is so important to advocate for better EMS reimbursement rates.