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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California

Considering a career as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic in California?

21.1% Jobs Projection
$32,050 Median Salary
1,580 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California is growing faster than average.

  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Work in California?

In California, there were 21,430 people working as Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the year 2018.

There were 19,660 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 1,770 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

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The typical state has 3,535 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics working in it, which means California has more Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics than average.

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Job Projections for California

Jobs for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in this state are growing at a rate of 21.1% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 15.1%.

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California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,580 annual job openings, and a total of 22,400 jobs for California Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 19,400 annual jobs and 285,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics ranged from $23,590 to $63,370 with $32,050 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $11.34 to $30.47. The median hourly rate was $15.41.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $14.97 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.44.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

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Top California Metros for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,310 $29,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,130 $39,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,930 $32,010
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,850 $29,040
Santa Rosa, CA 1,070 $30,870
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,000 $55,190
Fresno, CA 680 $32,290
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 430 $41,270
Modesto, CA 370 $31,270
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 350 $29,820
Visalia-Porterville, CA 280 $28,920
Bakersfield, CA 260 $33,560
Madera, CA 160 $35,090
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 140 $34,580
Salinas, CA 80 $59,530
Yuba City, CA 70 $43,660
Redding, CA 70 $54,890
El Centro, CA 40 $45,940

Top States for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Employment

View the list below to see where most Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 21,430 $32,050
Texas 19,450 $34,770
New York 17,520 $41,140
Pennsylvania 12,730 $31,020
Florida 11,130 $33,620
Illinois 10,790 $31,480
North Carolina 10,760 $35,280
Ohio 10,180 $30,200
Georgia 9,590 $32,570
New Jersey 8,230 $32,520
Michigan 7,100 $32,720
Missouri 6,950 $32,090
Tennessee 6,810 $34,090
Wisconsin 6,460 $32,640
Indiana 6,380 $31,980
Massachusetts 6,380 $38,050
Virginia 6,180 $33,930
Minnesota 5,850 $39,060
South Carolina 5,240 $32,300
Maryland 5,090 $44,680

Below are the states where Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Washington $72,850
District of Columbia $57,040
Hawaii $54,470
Alaska $46,310
Connecticut $45,980
Maryland $44,680
Oregon $41,440
New York $41,140
Minnesota $39,060
Colorado $38,300

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