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Top 10 best and worst states for paramedic salaries

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By EMS1 Staff

Are you getting the most bang for your geographical buck? Annual wages for paramedics can fluctuate wildly depending on where you are in the country, and while most EMS providers didn’t go into the profession for the pay (please email us if you did!), a higher salary can go a long way to improving a person’s quality of life. And a profession that saves lives every day should be worth more than minimum wage, right?

Using available data, ranked all 50 states by analyzing the average annual wage and number of available paramedic jobs in each location.

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Top 10 states to be a paramedic

  1. West Virginia
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Louisiana
  4. New Jersey
  5. Tennessee
  6. Arizona
  7. Vermont
  8. Nevada
  9. Oregon
  10. Maine

Bottom 10 states to be a paramedic

  1. South Dakota
  2. Hawaii
  3. Virginia
  4. Georgia
  5. Alabama
  6. Arkansas
  7. Colorado
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Missouri