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Old 01-31-2011, 01:59 AM   #1
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[Q] pay range for a fresh EMT-B in SoCal, Orange County area?


First off, this forum is a great place. Thank you.

Anytime I'm feeling overly nervous and anxious (as a fresh EMT), I read some of the posts and threads here. I immediately feel better after getting a feel for what to expect from the veterans' accounts. Also knowing that the field of Emergency Medicine is occupied by compassionate people like you (plural) helps ease intimidation factor, too.


So, I took my sweet time passing the NREMT and getting all the necessary certs. and cards. Now I'm close to being hired as a EMT-B.

One thing that I always feel uncertain about the hiring process is the very final negotiation about pay with your employer. I would very much appreciate the help, if I may get a general range of pay for a no prior exp. EMT-B in Orange County in Southern California area.

The website payscale.com gives a hourly range of $9.80~15.30 with $11.80 being the median. I'm not too sure how valid that website is.

BLS gives too wide a salary range that includes earnings from EMT-B to Paramedics. Also, it doesn't account for regional differences, making it difficult for me to get a good idea.


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Old 01-31-2011, 02:08 AM   #2
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i am also looking for work as an EMT-Basic. From what i have seen online, talking to friends who work as EMT's the info from payscale.com seems pretty accurate for OC, Riverside county, and San Ber County. i just applied for a job thats 15/hr so i know that the pay can get up that high.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
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Just went to care ambulance less than an hour ago... they are not hiring till fall.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:51 PM   #4
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i am also looking for work as an EMT-Basic. From what i have seen online, talking to friends who work as EMT's the info from payscale.com seems pretty accurate for OC, Riverside county, and San Ber County. i just applied for a job thats 15/hr so i know that the pay can get up that high.
15 seems like it might be at the top of the scale. Fresh out of EMT school I would expect more in the $9-12 range. (I worked for Care a few years ago)
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15 seems like it might be at the top of the scale. Fresh out of EMT school I would expect more in the $9-12 range. (I worked for Care a few years ago)
yeah that seems about right for hospitals and Ambulance companies. also just a tip if you have any casinos in your area look there for EMT jobs. its not ideal but it is a job as an EMT. the one i applied for has full benfits, everything that a normal job has, full time and starting pay at 15.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:33 PM   #6
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Not to sound disheartening...

but you're not gonna make anywhere near $15 per hour as an EMT-B in SoCal without any experience and I'd be shocked if you'd ever make that much even with experience working for a private ambulance company.

The pay is based on the skill level that the job entails and the overwhelming number of people who are certified and willing to work for just over minimum wages. If I were you, I'd be looking for a job where you can possibly use your EMT training that doesn't involve an ambulance company. ie, the casino that was mentioned would be a good start assuming you're old enough to work at one.

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yeah that seems about right for hospitals and Ambulance companies. also just a tip if you have any casinos in your area look there for EMT jobs. its not ideal but it is a job as an EMT. the one i applied for has full benfits, everything that a normal job has, full time and starting pay at 15.
Pechanga or Morongo? I like the Morongo EMT's a lot. I worked in the Pass for awhile and they are solid, always 1st into anything on Casino property, and for the most part, solid BLS providers.
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Pechanga or Morongo? I like the Morongo EMT's a lot. I worked in the Pass for awhile and they are solid, always 1st into anything on Casino property, and for the most part, solid BLS providers.
Morongo Casino. Full Time all shifts available. full benefits everything. $15/hr and only qualifications that are listed are HS Diploma or GED and EMT Cert.
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Working as an EMT in a casino most often does not provide the necessary experience for medic schools. The majority of medic schools are looking for pre-hospital ambulance experience. Just an FYI.
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Working as an EMT in a casino most often does not provide the necessary experience for medic schools. The majority of medic schools are looking for pre-hospital ambulance experience. Just an FYI.
thanks for that info. at this point i just want a job as an EMT to get some money and experience to get hired at an ambulance company. i currently have in 11 applications at various locations. and Morongo's website said they pay for all the CE hours you need to keep your certs valid.
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