According to About.com, an emergency medical technician, or EMT, makes a median wage of $14.91 per hour, as of 2012. This equates to approximately $31,020 per year. Wages vary according to region, city and level of experience.
About.com states that an EMT comes to the aid of another who is suddenly thrown into a harmful situation involving either an accident or illness. Paramedics are considerably similar in their actions, but they are not interchangeable with EMTs, since paramedics have been trained to administer more extreme care. In order to become an EMT, candidates must first obtain a high school diploma. From this point, three different training courses are available. The courses are meant to be taken in chronological order from the least advanced to the most advanced training. The most difficult course is called the paramedic course. Those who complete this course may be eligible for an associate degree, while those who only take one or both of the other courses miss out on this offer.