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.