How to Become a Paramedic – Potential Salary

Re-published 30th November, 2023.

For most, becoming a paramedic isn’t about the money or salary. Instead, it’s a life-long dream allowing you to give back to the community. Caring for someone in their time of need is a privilege, as patients are placing their trust in your skillsets, and compassion too. In short – the reasons for studying paramedicine are more heart-felt than money-driven.

Having said that, years of service, education and efforts on the job certainly don’t go without notice for paramedics or emergency response workers, leaving individuals rewarded well for the services they provide.

Qualified and experienced Paramedics can earn over $100,000

That’s right! Paramedics are thrust into the call of duty during emergencies, often being tasked with the role of providing life-saving medical treatment on the spot, daily. But this isn’t just limited to paramedicine.

Pre-hospital/out-of-hospital care is the environment that paramedics work within, and this environment is shared by firefighters, police officers and more. Like one another, their civil duties are sometimes challenging and within unpredictable conditions. With a working day spanning more than the traditional 8-hour day, paramedics can often find themselves working extra hours, earning overtime with additional allowances thrown in.

APC Diploma graduate and Trainer and Assessor, Nathan Seidel working as a Paramedic Emergency Medical Officer.

APC Diploma graduate and Trainer and Assessor, Nathan Seidel working as a Paramedic Emergency Medical Officer.

Paramedic/Ambulance Officer salaries across Australia, per state

The first thing to know about salaries, whether working as a paramedic or not is that they will vary, depending where you reside in Australia or the globe.

As an example, in Victoria, a first-year advanced life support paramedic can have a median rate of $72,000, with an average of $103,000 per year for more seasoned paramedics*. 

Queensland paramedics can expect to earn $94,050 per year, plus overtime and additional payments*. 

A paramedic in the ACT ranges from $80,000 to $100,000 per year*.

A paramedic working for in the Northern Territory could expect to come home with a salary of $121,007 per year*.

*Sources: payscale (2023), indeed (2023), Jora (2023), indeed (2023.

Let’s talk more specifics on salaries below. 

Queensland Ambulance Service salaries*:

Job Title


Paramedic Student/Paramedic

$66,100 – $88,104

Advanced Care Paramedic

$81,894 – $101,331

Intensive Care Paramedic

$103,574 – $127,316

Station Officer

$113,671 – $125,564

*Source: Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (2023)

New South Wales Ambulance Service salaries*

Job Title


Patient Transport Officer

$56,940 – $59,436

Paramedic Intern

$68,328 – $69,628


$74,100 – $79,456

Extended Care Paramedic

$85,384- $90,374

Critical Care Paramedic (aeromedical)

$95,576 – $98,020

*Source: NSW Government (2023)

Australian Capital Territory Ambulance Service salaries*

Job Title


Ambulance Support Officer

$61,197 – $87,032

Patient Transport Officer

$61,197 – $75,539

Student Ambulance Paramedic

$79,066 – $96,112

Ambulance Paramedic 1 and 2

$97,761 – $141,611

Intensive Care Paramedic 1 and 2

$112,814 – $158,703

*Source: ACT Government (2023)

Victorian Ambulance Service salaries*

Job Title


Patient Transport Officer

$56,264 – $58,448

Ambulance Attendant

$59,958 – $63,076

Basic Life Support Ambulance Paramedic

$70,980 – $75,244

Advanced Life Support Ambulance Paramedic

$77,584 – $84,500

Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic

$87,776 – $95,628

*Source: Ambulance Victoria (2023)

St John Ambulance Western Australia salaries*

Job Title


Ambulance Officer

$79,037 – $87,354

Ambulance Paramedic

$102,983 – $113,876

Critical Care Paramedic


Clinical Support Paramedic


Community Paramedic


*Source: St John WA (2023)

St John Ambulance Northern Territory salaries*

Job Title


Patient Transport Officer

$87,106 – $94,848

Intern Paramedic


Qualified Paramedic

$113,308 – $119,196

Intensive Care Paramedic

$127,798 – $161,840

*Source: FairWork Commission (2023)

Tasmanian Ambulance Service salaries*

Job Title


Paramedic Student

$47,832 – $55,306


$62,998- $72,447

Intensive Care Paramedic

$75,597 – $78,747 

Flight Paramedic


Extended Care Paramedic


*Source: Tasmanian Industrial Commission (2023)

Paramedic salaries – expanded

There are several factors that influence your salary – whether or not you wish to become a paramedic. It comes down to the level of training, and their prior experience too. It’s important to note that working for your state’s ambulance service (the public sector) isn’t the only way to become a paramedic although – a plethora of opportunities exist within the private sector too.

Jobs within the private sector are those which aren’t government funded and on occasion, can result in a higher salary too. This is due to a private company being more willing to pay you a higher rate due to the expectation to work a 7-7 roster, or even in a remote location (think of mining or the resource sector). As you can see above, where you reside has an impact on your salary. 

It is common for your salary to increase working in more robust states/territories as the cost of living is generally higher. The exception to this rule is when working in a remote location, and if you have a highly regarded skillset meaning that people are willing to pay you more as they need you more. You can find this often in the mining sector with paramedics and Medical Emergency Services Officers (MESOs) who can earn upwards of $100,000-$190,000. Find more about MESO jobs in the mines here

For paramedics in the ambulance service, salaries vary significantly based on the demand of individuals, their experience and the need for dedicated paramedics increase. As a registered paramedic, you are free to travel interstate and work for any jurisdictional ambulance service. Given the current health crisis in Australia, there are some great opportunities to get into health care.

What does it take to become a Paramedic?

A Paramedic will tell you that while the salary is good, it isn’t money that drives them to enter the profession. After all, it is a very challenging yet rewarding job that takes a lot of heart. Paramedics are often driven by the desire to help people in their hour of need, the diversity in a day’s work and contributing to their community.

How to Become a Paramedic

To become a registered Paramedic in Australia today, a Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree (or similar) is required. The HLT50120 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, (formerly known as HLT51015 – Diploma of Paramedical Science) can offer the perfect pathway into university, and this bachelor.

Nationally-recognised, Australian Paramedical College’s (APC’s)  Diploma thoroughly prepares undergraduates to transition into university, making the whole experience more enjoyable and less stressful. Depending on which university you choose, it’s quite common for diploma-qualified applicants to be awarded degree credits of up to 33%

If you’re unsure yet if the paramedicine pathway is for you, another option is to consider roles such as non-emergency patient transport officer, or medics. These pathways can be undertaken by studying APC’s HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care or HLT31120 – Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport

What’s the difference between a Registered Ambulance Paramedic and a Diploma-qualified Medic?

After graduating from APC’s HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care, individuals can look to pursue employment as Event Medics, Medical Emergency Services Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and even in some states, Patient Transport Officers. 

The Diploma is the highest-level qualification within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector which essentially means that it is just the step below a bachelor. As a Bachelor-qualified paramedic vs. a Diploma-qualified medic, you’re able to treat more advanced injuries/illnesses, with more advanced medications and treatments.

APC is here to help

If you’re looking to understand how the Diploma can assist in your entry to university, or how to pursue education to become a Diploma-qualified medic, you’ve come to the right place. 

APC has 10+ years of specialising in pre-emergency healthcare training, being known as Australia’s leading emergency and non-emergency healthcare education provider. As a student, you can study online, to later complete hands-on Clinical Workshops and Clinical Placement to get you qualified in the shortest period possible. 

Click here to apply today. 

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