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How will your paramedic education stack up?

If you want to study paramedic at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 634 brick and mortar paramedic schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had paramedic programs were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC
  2. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts
  3. University of Maryland-Baltimore County - located in Baltimore, Maryland

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in paramedic were earned by 21,498 students in the US. Of these students, 18,956 graduated from certificate programs in paramedic training, 2,529 graduated from undergraduate programs in paramedic training, and 13 graduated from graduate-level programs in paramedic training.


Students can pursue education in paramedic training at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Paramedic Training
  • Bachelor's Degree in Paramedic Training
  • Master's Degree in Paramedic Training
  • Certificate in Paramedic Training

Paramedic students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their paramedic certificate:

  • Head and Spine Injuries
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Splinting
  • Trauma
  • Observation


On average in 2010, paramedic schools in the US charged $15,312 in tuition per year. The paramedic schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $35,362
  3. Creighton University - located in Omaha, Nebraska, students paid $29,544

The paramedic schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Brigham Young University-Idaho - located in Rexburg, Idaho, students paid $3,580
  2. Western Carolina University - located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, students paid $4,330
  3. Lake Area Technical Institute - located in Watertown, South Dakota, students paid $4,982

How will your paramedic job compare?

The highest percentage of paramedic training graduates pursue careers as paramedics. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 221,760 paramedics working in the US in 2010. The following states have the largest number of paramedics:

  1. California - 15,220 Paramedics
  2. Texas - 15,010 Paramedics
  3. New York - 13,370 Paramedics

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for paramedics over the next few years:

  1. California - 30%
  2. Texas - 25%
  3. Utah - 23%


In the US, a paramedic earns on average $31,167 per year. However, factors such as professional associations and certifications, your employer, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a paramedic to vary greatly. A paramedic in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,510 per year to more than $98,090 per year. Paramedics in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $49,870 per year
  2. Alaska - $48,050 per year
  3. Hawaii - $47,920 per year

On average, a paramedic earns the least in the following states:

  1. West Virginia - $24,370 per year
  2. Montana - $27,130 per year
  3. South Dakota - $27,580 per year

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paramedic training?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 221,760 $33,300 12.6%
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians 19,440 $24,130 6.1%