An emergency medical technician provides essential medical care for injured people at the scene of accidents and while transporting them to hospitals. An EMT also responds to calls for medical attention and transport for people who have become seriously ill or injured at home or in other locations. Salaries for EMTs in Texas have a wide range.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes EMTs and paramedics together in its salary figures for this occupation. Of the estimated 217,920 EMTs and paramedics working in the United States in 2009, about 13,820 of them were employed in Texas. Their average salary in Texas was $14.74 per hour, or $30,650 per year.
The middle 50 percent of Texas EMTs were earning $11.07 to $17.03 per hour in 2009, according to the BLS. The bottom 10 percent had pay rates of $9.41 and less, and the top 10 percent were earning $22.95 per hour and higher, or at least $47,730 per year.
Texas EMTs were earning the highest average pay in the greater Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, at $16.90 per hour, or $35,140 per year. The average salary was nearly the same in the greater Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, at $16.89 per hour, or $35,130 per year. Adding Dallas to the Fort Worth-Arlington area brought the average down $15.87 per hour, or $33,020 per year. The average EMT pay rate in Victoria was $16.64 per hour, in the greater Austin area $15.79 and in Odessa $15.64 per hour.
The lowest-paying areas for EMTs in Texas were the southern nonmetropolitan area, where they were making $11.58 per hour, or $24,080 per year, and the north central nonmetropolitan area, with an average pay rate of $11.65 per hour. Average hourly pay rates also were low in Lubbock at $11.67 and in the Sherman-Denison area at $11.81. Pay rates for EMTs in other Texas metropolitan areas, such as Abilene, El Paso, Laredo and San Antonio, were in the range of $12.30 to $14.70 per hour.
To become an EMT in Texas, an individual must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, successfully complete an emergency medical services training course approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and pass the National Registry exam. The state health department website advises that prospective EMTs obtain a degree in the field or complete approved coursework in a technical program or other setting.