EMT Salary in Illinois

It is rightly said that salary matters while performing any job or profession. There are several factors that decide how much an EMT makes. These factors involve the number of hours of service, job location, nature of the job, etc. The EMT salary also fluctuates on the basis whether you are providing your services in the air (i.e. flight), on the ground (i.e. ambulance), or in remote areas.

How Much Does An EMT Make Every Year?


For an EMT, it is very important to know the average annual, hourly, and monthly salaries of that state where they are going to offer services. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017 Data, the Annual Mean Wage of an Emergency Medical Technician in Illinois is $41,460 and the Hourly Mean Wage is $19.93.

As per the records of indeed.com July 2018 report, the average salary of these professionals is around $29,000.

The salaries of EMTs at different percentile scales as provided by BLS OES May 2017 are shown in the below-given table:

Percentile Bracket

Average Hourly Salary

Average Annual Salary

10th Percentile Wage

$9.72

$20,230

25th Percentile Wage

$11.63

$24,190

50th Percentile Wage

$15.20

$31,620

75th Percentile Wage

$21.73

$45,200

90th Percentile Wage

$40.04

$83,280

Salary as per Geographical Location

Every state considers geographical location as one of the crucial factors in dispensing EMT salaries. In the state of Illinois, these professionals get different pay scales in different cities. Only a few cities in Illinois offer salary below the national average which you can see by going through the table from April 2018 survey.

City Name

Median Annual Salary

Median Monthly Salary

Median Hourly Salary

Arlington Heights

$35,891

$2,989

$17

Aurora

$37,025

$3,114

$18

Bloomington

$33,265

$2,719

$16

Bolingbrook

$35,895

$2,980

$17

Champaign

$32,486

$2,680

$16

Chicago

$37,014

$3,105

$18

Cicero

$36,865

$3,010

$17

Decatur

$32,132

$2,610

$16

Des Plaines

$36,695

$3,002

$17

Elgin

$36,325

$2,991

$17

Evanston

$36,790

$2,990

$17

Hoffman Estates

$36,495

$2,969

$17

Joliet

$35,850

$2,879

$17

Moline

$32,105

$2,546

$16

Mount Prospect

$36,710

$3,002

$17

Naperville

$36,100

$2,980

$17

Normal

$33,295

$2,715

$16

Oak Lawn

$36,795

$2,990

$17

Oak Park

$36,840

$3,010

$17

Orland Park

$35,705

$2,973

$17

Palatine

$35,985

$2,985

$17

Peoria

$33,684

$2,756

$17

Rock Island

$32,110

$2,625

$16

Rockford

$35,004

$2,960

$17

Schaumburg

$36,393

$2,989

$17

Skokie

$36,910

$3,015

$17

Springfield

$32,015

$2,610

$16

Tinley Park

$36,009

$2,894

$17

Waukegan

$35,105

$2,850

$17

Wheaton

$36,290

$2,987

$17

From the table stated above, we can find that the average annual salary in the state of Illinois varies from $32,015 to $37,025. The average hourly salary ranges from $16 to $18. Similarly, the average monthly salary lies between $2,610 and $3,114.

The lowest-paying city is Springfield and the highest paying cities are Wheaton, Tinley Park, Skokie, Schaumburg, Orland Park, Oak Park, Oak Lawn, Naperville, Mount Prospect, Evanston, Des Plaines, Cicero, Chicago, and Arlington Heights.

Salaries of Similar Job Titles


EMTs have a wide scope of advancements in their career. After gaining some working experience, one can proceed further in the same field. The below-given list will give you an idea that how much salary the professionals related to EMS earns.

  • EMT Fire-fighter: $48,000
  • Cardiovascular Specialist: $74,000
  • Critical Care Paramedic: $37,000
  • Security EMT Officer: $30,000
  • Emergency Department Technician: $37,000
  • Corrections Sergeant Master: $47,000
  • EMT Dispatcher: $22,000
  • Commercial Electrician Journeyman: $41,000
  • EMT B: $22,000
  • Commercial Electrician Mechanic: $36,000

Benefits/ Advantages

EMTs can get the following benefits in addition to salary:

  • Life Insurance benefits
  • Paid leaves
  • Sick leaves
  • Advantages of employee stock option and other such deferred compensation programs.
  • Payment of program and continuing education fees by the employer.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for the dependents
  • Bonus
  • Pension

Employment Outlook

Presently, 12,110 EMTs are employed in the state of Illinois. There are a number of employment opportunities for these professionals in various industries, like hospitals, transportation, civil engineering construction, doctor’s clinics, etc. According to the estimations of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics,  from 2016 to 2026, the demand for EMTs will grow by 15%.

You should know –

EMT/EMS Licence in Illinois
EMT Training Schools in Illinois

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