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Career Profile: Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 14,200 people employed as ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians in the United States. The median annual salary is $27,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $20,660 per year and senior employees earn approximately $41,440 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Perform minor maintenance on emergency medical services vehicles, such as ambulances.
  • Clean and wash rigs, ambulances, or equipment.
  • Earn and maintain appropriate certifications.
  • Administer first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, or administering oxygen.
  • Restrain or shackle violent patients.
  • Remove and replace soiled linens or equipment to maintain sanitary conditions.
  • Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.
  • Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
  • Place patients on stretchers and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.
  • Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls.
  • Replace supplies and disposable items on ambulances.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
14,200
Annual Openings:
1,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
16%
Annual Salary Range:
$20,660 - $41,440
Education Requirements:
High school diploma