The Impact that Pay has on a Pragmatic Paramedic
When I first started as a Paramedic (which isn't ancient history), I knew that I was not going to be rich in any sense of the word. In fact, I knew that it was going to be the lowest paying job I had since bagging groceries in high school. I also knew that I would have some extra time off to do other things in exchange for the lower pay.
However, I didn’t realize that I was going to be rode like a rented mule making a whopping $10.75 an hour at my first EMS job. This was full time after completion of all requirements to be a paramedic. After about 6 months, I realized that the private EMS service I was working for was getting a great deal. Between 911 and interfacility transports, I was making them a killing.
Instead of causing discord and complaining against a system I wasn't going to change, I looked for a new position. I found a job working at a county-based ambulance service with an even better schedule and slightly better pay and benefits.
Compared to other medical providers, we as medics deserve to earn more because of our responsibility and level of required knowledge. I will talk more about this disparity and my thoughts as to why in the future. Just remember, there are a ton of options for paramedics if you are willing to change, so don't be the person who always complains, either find a new position or be the best at where you are. No one likes the person who complains all the time and talking about doing something different.