EMT Salary in Rhode Island

You will be amazed to know that the EMT salary in Rhode Island varies a lot within the state. There are many key factors that contribute to the income of these professionals. The Emergency Medical Technician has a bright scope and he/she can further become a fire-fighter, paramedic or can jump into a career in management and education, and can earn a higher salary. Moreover, additional certification and program also augment EMT pay levels. Let’s discuss in detail the hourly, monthly and annual salaries of Emergency Medical Technicians.

How much does an EMT make every year?

The average annual and hourly pay of EMTs in Rhode Island according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2017 survey is $37,550 and $18.05, respectively. As per ‘indeed.com’ May 2018 report, the average salary of an Emergency Medical Technician is around $33,000.

Every year BLS conducts the national compensation survey to calculate the salaries on a different percentile basis. The result of the May 2017 survey is shown in the below-given table:

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Salary as per Geographical Location

Along with work experience and education, geographical location is the other factor that greatly impacts the income of the Emergency Medical Technicians. Fortunately, EMT salary of all 9 cities of Rhode Island is above the national average. The below figures obtained from the Survey of April 2018  provides the median annual, monthly and hourly salaries of EMTs in the state:

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The annual median salary of an Emergency Medical Technician in Rhode Island ranges between $36,912 and $37,215, whereas the monthly median income varies from $3,078 to $3,101. The hourly median salary in cities ranges from $17 to $18. The top paying city is Newport, Narragansett, Cumberland, Warwick, and Cranston, while Coventry, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket are the lowest paying cities.

Salary of the Similar Job Titles

EMT professionals can also pursue other jobs, which fall under this category. The salaries provided to job titles that are similar to that of an EMT is given below:

  • EMT Paramedic: $40,000
  • Cardiovascular Specialist: $64,000
  • EMT Dispatcher: $19,000
  • Commercial Electrician Mechanic: $31,000
  • EMT B: $19,000
  • Corrections Sergeant Master: $41,000
  • ED Technician Emergency Department: $53,000
  • Critical Care Paramedic: $32,000
  • Security EMT Officer: $26,000
  • Commercial Electrician Journeyman: $36,000
  • Fire-fighter EMT: $41,000


Emergency medical technicians also get other benefits besides receiving a basic salary for their services. Some of the benefits are:

  • 21 days of sick leave and 21 days of vacation/casual leave per year.
  • EMTs and their respective families also get benefits of health, vision and dental insurance.
  • EMTs, who are actively working as ambulance technicians, also get Life Insurance.
  • The program and continuing education (CE) charges are sometimes borne by the employers of the EMTs.
  • Other advantages include Deferred Compensation Program, like Employee Stock Option.

Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians are likely to increase by a substantial percentage in the near future. EMTs can work at hospitals, private clinics, ambulance services, rescue teams, etc. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of EMT positions will increase by 23% in the United States.

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