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medicaltransient

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Whats the highest paying paramedic job you know of?
I have always felt an obligation to help people in our society and after 9 years in EMS the feeling is persistent. However a few things scare me about this job. I dont want to be 60 years old and chugging a red bull on the way a 911 scene at 5am. I don't want to be divorced because I spend at least 1/3 of my life on a box and more realistically >72 hrs every week.
 

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If medic doesn't end up enticing you nursing is a pretty nice field to get into
3 or 4 days a week of 12 hour shifts, pretty dam good pay dependent on where you are ofcourse, you can travel, do diff departments, cct, flight nurse etc
Not a medic so sorry im not answering your question, just a suggestion for if you want to start looking into other things
But from what I understand medics in most places don't get paid a super fantastic wage at all
 

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Are you talking about doing something very high paying for just a few years, so that you can put away money and retire young?

I've never heard of a real high paying 911 job, outside of some FD's. There's oil platform and other remote duty type stuff that can be very lucrative from what I understand, but I'm sure you are aware of those types of opportunities.

Edit: of course "high paying" is very subjective.
 
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STXmedic

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Fire-based is usually where your best pay is. If you're still close to SA, they're one of the higher paid departments in the country. Once you do your time in fire (three years), you can promote into EMS and never do Fire again.
 

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I make in the mid 60's. The highest paying ground 911 position I have found and applied for makes 62 or so for someone with my experience. If you want money generally you'll have to live in a place where COL will eat up most of it. The places I just applied at all pay between 45-62/yr and the COL won't kill you.
 

TransportJockey

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Fire-based is usually where your best pay is. If you're still close to SA, they're one of the higher paid departments in the country. Once you do your time in fire (three years), you can promote into EMS and never do Fire again.
You keep posting this.. and it keeps tempting me. But... hosemonkey?
 

DrParasite

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Once you do your time in fire (three years), you can promote into EMS and never do Fire again.
promoting into EMS? that's the opposite of what most places are. typically, you do your time in EMS, promote to Fire, and never do EMS again.

can you explain what the perks are of being promoted to EMS? more pay, better shifts, better advancement, lower workload, better schedule, hire rank, what makes it a promotion?
 

medicaltransient

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promoting into EMS? that's the opposite of what most places are. typically, you do your time in EMS, promote to Fire, and never do EMS again.

can you explain what the perks are of being promoted to EMS? more pay, better shifts, better advancement, lower workload, better schedule, hire rank, what makes it a promotion?
I think they only work 8 days a week and the pay is better.
 

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STXmedic

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Yeah, he meant per month. Pay is better (far better if you work OT, which isn't available in Fire), schedule is better (24/72 vs 24/48), and yes, I only work 7-8 days per month (and it actually comes out to about 6 shifts per month if you factor in vacation time). Workload is much higher, though.
 

DrParasite

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Yeah, he meant per month. Pay is better (far better if you work OT, which isn't available in Fire), schedule is better (24/72 vs 24/48), and yes, I only work 7-8 days per month (and it actually comes out to about 6 shifts per month if you factor in vacation time). Workload is much higher, though.
out of curiosity, are you able to pick up OT on the fire side? or is there no OT on the suppression side for anyone?

on a 24/72, it's be nice to do a 24 on the ambulance, have a day off, than a 24 for OT on the engine, then a day off, than back on the ambulance. 24/48s get old really quickly
 

STXmedic

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out of curiosity, are you able to pick up OT on the fire side? or is there no OT on the suppression side for anyone?

on a 24/72, it's be nice to do a 24 on the ambulance, have a day off, than a 24 for OT on the engine, then a day off, than back on the ambulance. 24/48s get old really quickly
When you promote into EMS, they take away your bunker gear. So no OT in suppression. There's hardly any OT in suppression anyway, though. Most of the OT is in EMS (and no, suppression can't work EMS OT either).
 

DesertMedic66

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City FF/PM jobs around my area are all in the $90k + range starting with no experience.
 

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Lol AMR could be too then if you work 30/30 days a month
 
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