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  •  I just have a hard time believing that EMTs (2+ / 0-)
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    Paramedics, whatever you want to call them, are being paid such a low wage. Doesn't it take years of schooling and passing certifications to even think of applying for such a job? For $15/hr.? In'n'Out Burger pays better than that, for the guy with experience at the potatoe machine, or the front.

    But then again, I was shocked many years ago, to find that many, many commercial airline pilots were only getting $12/hr.

    Wilco Tango Foxtrot

    •  It's a 1400 hour course for the basic EMT in Ohio. (0+ / 0-)

      Or at least as a few years ago when I looked at possibly adding that on as well ;)

      165 or so 8 hour days would make it roughly a 9 month course.

    •  They will pay as little as they can get away with (0+ / 0-)

      No matter the industry.

      Much of the nation's Firefighter and EMT corps are non paid volunteers, with some paid administration.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:25:31 AM PDT

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    •  Nationally EMT's and Paramedics are poorly paid (0+ / 0-)

      the high for full time Paramedics is $54,000 in DC and the low is $25,000 in KC.

      The average here in Cleveland among government run programs is $32,000, privates average $30,000.  For full time.

      Trying to reduce the overtime, lower the number of full time employes all fit the way you see the system run.

      Out side the cities volunteers fill in the gaps as the number of runs a day just does not justify paying someone to do it full time.  So these volunteers have jobs they do full time and the paramedic is a side thing they do to give back to the community. (Bless them for that)

      About 70% of nation is served by volunteers.  If the company could get people to cover the calls as volunteers while they charged the patients they would.

      Many places, some major cites, have redone their contracts to set up a two tier system. People hired after a set date will move up tiers at a lower rate than those hired before.  So that the cost of having the new employe is lower over time.  Mainly because the cities just can't afford to keep paying the higher rate.  (and the pension payments go down too).

      Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

      by DrillSgtK on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:57:00 AM PDT

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    •  A co-worker's husband interviewed (0+ / 0-)

      to become an EMT last year, and was hired, but he balked when they told him starting pay:

      $8 per hour.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 07:46:15 AM PDT

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      •  yeah, about right (0+ / 0-)

        The company I work for starts you at $9 per hour for EMT-B, if you have experience they go as high as $9.50. Most other companies in the area are in the $8 to $8.75 range.

        Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

        by DrillSgtK on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 05:31:52 PM PDT

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