Emergency medical technicians (EMT) provide life-saving care during incidents such as auto accidents, heart attacks, childbirth and drownings. Technicians are dispatched to an emergency by 911 operators. They perform CPR and other life-saving techniques and maintain patient stability until they arrive at a medical facility. Medical technicians earn varying wages depending on experience level, training and geographic location. In Indiana, emergency medical technicians earn wages comparable to the national average.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMTs in Indiana earn annual mean wages of $29,690. Nationally, EMTs earned approximately $30,000 per year as of May 2009. Emergency medical technicians have different certification levels ranging from basic to intermediate to advanced. Salaries of EMTs increase with each level of training. According to Indeed, advanced level EMTs, or paramedics, in Indiana earn $46,000 per year.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Area
Indianapolis is the most populous city in Indiana and employs the largest number of emergency medical technicians. According to the BLS, EMTs in the Indianapolis metropolitan area earn median annual salaries of $31,290 per year. Indianapolis EMTs who earn the most make more than $47,680 while those who earn the least make less than $18,190.
Fort Wayne, Indiana, is home to more than 250,000 residents. Nearly 30 percent of all Indiana EMTs are employed in this city. According to the BLS, Fort Wayne-area emergency medical technicians earned median annual salaries of $24,530 as of May 2009. Fort Wayne area EMTs at the top of the pay scale earned more than $37,190 while EMTs at the bottom of the pay scale earned less than $20,210, according to the BLS.
Evansville and South Bend are populous cities in Indiana where several hundred emergency medical technicians are employed. In Evansville, EMTs earn median wages ranging from $22,510 to $39,920 per year. In South Bend, medical technicians earn median salaries ranging from $18,330 to $39,960 per year.
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