Unfortunately, the salary of a flight medic is not as lucrative as this job. According to salary.com, the median expected earning of flight paramedics is about $41,212 in the US.
On an average, the salary ranges between $35,000 and $50,000, depending on your location and experience.
Besides, simplyhired.com states that the average income of a flight paramedic is $44,000. According to data collected by indeed.com, flight paramedic annual pay is $49,000. On the other hand, the average salary of a flight nurse is $40,000 to $75,000.
You can pursue the exciting yet stressful career of a flight medic in a Medevac, Air Ambulance or any other air medical agency.
What is a Flight Paramedic?
Basically, flight paramedics provide extensive pre-hospital emergency care to sick or injured patients in emergency situations by assessing, monitoring and stabilizing their condition.
Moreover, these highly trained healthcare professionals help transfer the patients safely to the nearest medical facility in a helicopter when there is no immediate access to road transport.
Plus, you need to have additional medical training certificates such as BLS/CPR, ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BTLS (Basic Trauma Life Support) or PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Tropical Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) or equivalent.
Apart from this, you are also required to have FP-C (Flight Paramedic – Certified) or pass the CCEMTP (Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program).
Here’s a video showing how to become a flight medic.
Coming back to their income, the salaries of certified flight paramedics tend to vary from one state to another. For instance, based on estimations by salary.com, the median salary of flight medics in Miami, Fl is $39,976 whereas that in St. Petersburg, Fl is $41,212.
Plus, the job also includes benefits like health insurance, life insurance, health/dental benefits, etc. The average paramedic salary ranges between $30,000 and $50,000.
Based on salary data from salaryexpert.com, flight medic average annual salary in Las Vegas, NV is 33,254. For San Diego, California, it is $35,694 whereas for Washington, DC it is $50,520.
According to a forum discussion at Flightweb.com, the average pay of a flight paramedic is about $12 to $18 per hour. The job usually includes shifts of 12 hours. Nevada, Florida, Colorado and Kentucky are some of the most popular locations that offer excellent opportunities for this career.