Ambulance workers perform a variety of emergency functions such as driving patients to medical centers and treating seriously ill people while they are transported to hospitals and other critical care centers. Average salaries that these workers earn to perform work that can extend a person’s life vary according to their job experience, education and the industries that they work in.
National Average Salaries
Ambulance workers earned a median annual income of $23,140 as of May 2009, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median hourly wage that these workers earned was $11.13 an hour as of the same time period. Additionally, as of May 2009, about 19,570 ambulance workers were employed in the U.S.
Top and Bottom 10 Percent
The bottom 10 percent of ambulance workers earned $7.69 an hour or $15,990 a year as of May 2009. Ambulance workers who were in the bottom 25 percent earned an average hourly wage of $8.72; these workers' annual salaries equaled $18,140. Fifty percent of ambulance workers earned $10.66 an hour and $22,180 a year. The top 75 percent of these healthcare workers earned $12.81 an hour and $26,640 a year. The wage gap between the bottom 10 percent and the top 10 percent of ambulance workers was wide. Professionals in the top 10 percent in the field earned nearly double what their counterparts at the bottom 10 percent earned. As of May 2009, the top 10 percent of ambulance workers earned $15.30 an hour or $31,820 a year.
Industries that ambulance workers were employed in had also an impact on their wages. For example, ambulance workers employed in the individual and family services industry earned higher salaries than their counterparts in other industries. Individual and family services ambulance workers made $28,340 as of May 2009, while ambulance workers who worked in the offices of other healthcare practitioners earned $28,180 a year. Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, physicians’ private offices and specialty hospitals paid ambulance workers $26,250, $26,180 and $25,250 a year, respectively, as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The highest paying states for ambulance workers were Washington, Arkansas, California, Maryland and Rhode Island. Ambulance workers who were employed in Washington earned $31,040 a year as of May 2009. Those who worked in Arkansas and California earned annual salaries of $29,850 and $27,040, respectively. Ambulance workers who were employed in Maryland and Rhode Island earned annual salaries of $26,820 and $26,620, respectively.