[Q] pay range for a fresh EMT-B in SoCal, Orange County area?

Discussion in 'EMS Employment' started by DryZatara, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. DryZatara

    DryZatara New Member

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. certff99

    certff99 New Member

    Just went to care ambulance less than an hour ago... they are not hiring till fall.
  4. riverdude

    riverdude New Member

    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)
  5. 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.
  6. John E

    John E New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles county, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    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.

    Good luck.
  7. jgmedic

    jgmedic Member

    Location:
    Hemet, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. surfinluke

    surfinluke Member

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. jgmedic

    jgmedic Member

    Location:
    Hemet, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    RCC will take the casino exp.
  12. looker

    looker New Member

    Pay scale in socal is pretty simple. Minimum wage to around $15(this is with many years of experience). The simple truth is that there are way too many emt's compare to available positions. As such you can be replaced in as little as couple of hours.
  13. DryZatara

    DryZatara New Member

    This is what I love about this forum: reliable info from credible people. You are all great.

    This has given me a good idea of what the pay range would be like.

    I just did some number-crunching and I realized that I won't be able to cover my most essential costs fully (gas, groceries, rent, school) if I was earning $11.50/hour.

    It would, however, just barely cover it if I was allowed to work 2.5 hours of overtime each week or roughly 10 hours per month.

    So this makes me wonder, do some ambulance companies frown upon or forbid doing consistent overtime work?
  14. MassEMT-B

    MassEMT-B New Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    It will most likely depend on the company. My company does not care as long as it is needed. Like if people call out sick they send out texts for the shift. There are some part time/per a diem people here who work 45+ hours a week.
  15. surfinluke

    surfinluke Member

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic

    I know at my company there are plenty of overtime shifts available. I could work 80+ hours/week if i so desired. Pretty much all ambulance companies allow it. They make so much money per transport that they can afford to pay you OT to run those calls.
  16. exodus

    exodus Active Member

    Location:
    Hemet, Ca
    I also applied for morongo casino's EMT spot :) good luck.
  17. awwww dang. i was hoping i would be the only to apply so i would definatly get that position haha. Good luck
  18. exodus

    exodus Active Member

    Location:
    Hemet, Ca
    Lmao. We'll see who gets it!
  19. Monkey

    Monkey New Member

    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    FYI. Barona is in need of EMT's right now... but... their EMS Director said he can't hire right now due to budget. They pay $14ish. I'd suggest that even though they're not hiring right now... get a resume up there, as that freeze will be lifted eventually.
  20. wirk242

    wirk242 New Member

    Hi, do you think you can PM me some contact info for the EMS director so I can drop off an resume. Thanks!

    I am getting tired of running the dialysis train every morning.

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