Has everyone had time to digest the The JEMS 2013 Salary & Workplace Survey? Or better yet has anyone even looked at this in depth? I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is a joke but not from trying on the creator of the survey part. I mean even the government entities have said obtaining numbers on us is hard, “Estimates have placed the EMS workforce at around 900,000 workers, but the precise number is unknown because EMS workers include career and volunteer EMTs, firefighters who have been cross-trained in EMS, commercial ambulance services, third-service public utilities, and others.” (From the NHTSA workforce report). We are a disheveled group to say the least.
So if the 900,000 is a rough estimate and includes volunteers and cross trained firefighters, I will put a hypothetical number of 25% of that is career based EMS on the extremely high side (notice my lack of use of the term “Professional EMS” I hated that as a Vol FF). Again this is solely for the point of an observation. So assuming 225,000, 25% of 900,000, is the working number of career EMS providers through out America, JEMS got 244 of them to answer their survey per the graph seen below.
So the percentage of respondents to which this survey is basing their 2013 salary & workplace report off of is a staggering 0.1% (based solely on a gross estimate of theoretical respondents). Truly a dismal number to base any kind of statistical data off of, but again this is not for the publication for trying. After all if you are set on doing a survey you are only as good as the number of responses you get. I’m ultimately pointing the finger at the subscribers and the readers who might have known about the data collection needed and didn’t respond. We are all to blame. By not taking a moment of time to participate we are only hurting ourselves. We can not truly make a point to superiors or managers of being paid to little (or to high) if we are basing our regional average salary on less then 1% of the workforce. A case for a pay raise based on a reasoning that your in the 10th percentile of the regions EMT pay grade, is like saying they will send the 0-6 giants to the super bowl this very moment. Why would anyone think that is a good idea with such a low preforming tract record?
In all honesty this could truly benefit our profession if next year and the few following were to have a greater response to create a more accurate view on our industry. We could use it as fodder to make a case for raises or the various other company incentives.