Increase pay and paramedics will come? $20k sign-on bonus says otherwise

Zero takers for a $20k sign-on bonus and $25/hour points to underlying recruitment challenges beyond wages and benefits


The $20,000 sign-on bonus Cumberland Goodwill EMS (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) is offering for paramedics pops off the page.

But, according to Nathan Harig, EMS assistant chief, this eye-popping amount didn’t lead to a single applicant, though the ABC27 news story did help reach one applicant already planning to relocate to the area.

The sign-on bonus, paid out on a schedule of $5,000 per year for four years, is for a full-time paramedic position that:

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