Austin-Travis County EMS offers a competitive salary structure for our medics throughout the lifetime of their career. Our medics are currently some of the highest paid in the state of Texas. We are a 3rd service provider in the City of Austin, so EMS is offered a variety of City employee benefits as outlined on this page. Read through our list of benefits and see what makes us one of the top EMS agencies in the country.
Medic wages are set by the Meet and Confer Agreement between the Austin-Travis County EMS Employees Association and The City of Austin. Currently, our new agreement becomes effective on October 1, 2023, and is a four-year contract.
All newly hired Cadet-Field and Cadet-Communications employees will be paid $22.00 an hour based on a 40 hour work week during the 10- week Academy.
Direct Hire Clinical Specialist - Field & Communications employees will be paid immediately upon hire at the base pay step $30.03 an hour based on a 42 hour work week. If a Paramedic candidate has verified experience of 2 or more years of full-time work experience in a 911 EMS system, they will be eligible to be paid at the 2 year pay step $31.23 an hour based on a 42 hour work week.
Upon graduation from the Academy, cadets will transition to a Medic-Field or Medic-Communications pay schedule based on a 42 hour work week. All newly graduated Medics will start at a base pay rate of $24.24 per hour.
Direct Hire Clinical Specialist - Field & Communications cadets will graduate and will resume the Clinical Specialist title and pay that was were offered at hire: base pay or pay with experience.
In addition to base salary, Austin-Travis County EMS offers several forms of incentive pay to qualifying medics. These pay incentives are stackable (medics may qualify for more than one pay incentive at a time). Below is a list of our most common pay incentives:
Health, dental and retirement benefits will begin on the first day of the EMS Cadet Academy. Austin-Travis County EMS employees are eligible to enroll in the following benefits:
Short term disability
Long term disability
FLEXTRA Health Care
FLEXTRA Dependent Care
Group Legal Plan
Employee Assistance Program
Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $3,000 per year
Additionally, the following four types of coverage are offered at no cost to the employee:
CDHP with HSA (employee only)
Dental (employee only)
Basic life insurance
Short term disability
A Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA) is offered at no cost for employee only coverage. PPO and HMO medical plans are also offered, with contributions made by the employee per pay period (every two weeks) as follows:
CDHP with HSA
Employee & spouse/domestic partner
Employee & children
Employee & family or domestic partner & children
Vacation Leave: 7.50 hours accrued per pay period (24 pay periods)
Sick Leave: 7.16 hours accrued per pay period (24 pay periods)