OP, what are you looking to make as a flight paramedic, and why?
I'm currently going through a flight medic program and was thinking about what career opportunities exist in places like Southern California, but I've been told first responders in the US are very underpaid compared to other first world countries like the U.K., Canada, Aus, etc.
In the US, opportunities in HEMS are much better for RN's who also have EMS background and credentials than they are for paramedics. Again, it's just supply & demand.
It’s the same in my area also. My girlfriend who is a RN in her hospitals trauma ICU would take a huge pay cut to go HEMS. She thought about going HEMS until she found out how much of a pay cut she would have to deal with.Unfortunately in my area most RNs take pay cuts when they go into HEMS. Evens out a little with the hours but still less then I was making in the ICU unless I pick up extra which adds up quickly.
You still make considerably more than most paramedics in your area, I would bet. And there is generally quite a bit less competition for FN positions than for FP positions. Not that the good jobs aren't competitive, just considerably less so.Unfortunately in my area most RNs take pay cuts when they go into HEMS. Evens out a little with the hours but still less then I was making in the ICU unless I pick up extra which adds up quickly.
Great money for TX right?
Yes pretty good, i dont go hungry. But there are plenty of FD's in my area with starting pay similiar if not more. Which can be disheartening to see people with far less experience, certifications, and volume of work make more. But hey i dont do it for the money