What does an EMT do?

Emergency medical technicians are healthcare professionals who provide urgent medical treatment, typically in an ambulance or at the site of an accident or other emergency. They generally do not have the level of advanced training as a paramedic, although in some settings the two titles may be used interchangeably. They serve as first responders and perform initial assessments, while also providing immediate basic care such as supplying oxygen or addressing wounds and other serious injuries. Their objective is to stabilize patients or provide critical care until the patient can be transported to a medical facility.

Emergency medical technicians have completed an EMT training and certification program, and must have a valid EMT license, along with BLS certification and any other required credentials. They must be able to remain calm and focused in stressful situations.

Education--
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an EMT make?

Confident
$45,928 /yr
Total Pay
$43,614
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$2,315
 /yr

Additional Pay

$45,928

 / yr
$27K$78K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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EMT Career Path

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EMT

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
3%
5 - 7
0%
8+
92%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

EMT Insights

Read what EMT professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
St. Francis Regional Medical CenterSt. Francis Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Dec 4, 2021

“My very first preceptor (trainer) was really nice and I learned a lot from her.”

LifeNetLifeNet
EMT-Basic
Jan 17, 2021

“There were some people who weren’t my favorite to work with but everyone else was great”

AMRAMR
Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Jul 27, 2020

“Pay is the lowerst in the country but we get great bonuses for doing our job.”

Weiss Memorial HospitalWeiss Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room Technician
Dec 30, 2021

“If you're just starting out this is a great place to start your career.”

UM St. Joseph Medical CenterUM St. Joseph Medical Center
Emergency Room Technician
Apr 14, 2021

“It’s a good place to start but I definitely don’t see much career growth here.”

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
EMT-Basic
Sep 30, 2021

“Eagle has one of the best management teams I've had the pleasure of working under in EMS.”

AMRAMR
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Nov 16, 2021

“The pay for 24 hours would be 14 an hour and if it was a 12 hour day then it would be 18.”

AdventHealth OrlandoAdventHealth Orlando
Director of Emergency Services
Sep 12, 2021

“The quality of the people who work here are top notch and some of the best people you could work with.”

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The most similar professions to EMT are:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Professional
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Paramedic

Related Careers

Medical Assistant
$38,684
No skills overlap
Patient Care Professional
$37,623
Certified Nursing Assistant
$38,263
Paramedic
$66,347
No skills overlap

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