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All About Ambulance Drivers and Attendants

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

A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver or Attendant

  • Replace supplies and disposable items on ambulances.
  • Perform minor maintenance on emergency medical services vehicles, such as ambulances.
  • Restrain or shackle violent patients.
  • Administer first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, or administering oxygen.
  • Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls.
  • Place patients on stretchers and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.

Ambulance Driver or Attendant Needed Skills

When polled, Ambulance Drivers and Attendants say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

  • Emergency Medical Vehicle Operator
  • Driver
  • Wheelchair Van Operator First Responder
  • Emergency Care Attendant (ECA)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor

Ambulance Driver or Attendant Employment Estimates

There were about 17,300 jobs for Ambulance Driver or Attendant in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 22% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,800 new jobs for Ambulance Driver or Attendant by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,100 positions for Ambulance Driver or Attendant per year.


The states with the most job growth for Ambulance Driver or Attendant are Arizona, New York, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Missouri, Wyoming, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of an Ambulance Driver or Attendant

The salary for Ambulance Drivers and Attendants ranges between about $19,350 and $42,590 a year.


Ambulance Drivers and Attendants who work in Nevada, New York, or Mississippi, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Ambulance Drivers and Attendants in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $24,890
Arizona $26,180
Arkansas $25,990
California $36,020
Delaware $29,240
Florida $28,730
Georgia $29,520
Idaho $22,360
Illinois $24,650
Indiana $23,610
Iowa $26,400
Kansas $26,490
Kentucky $20,530
Louisiana $30,310
Maine $24,570
Maryland $28,070
Massachusetts $32,560
Michigan $27,470
Minnesota $27,730
Mississippi $28,780
Montana $23,130
Nebraska $31,150
Nevada $48,980
New Jersey $28,870
New Mexico $21,990
New York $36,270
North Carolina $29,810
North Dakota $28,860
Ohio $29,060
Oklahoma $25,150
Oregon $29,670
Pennsylvania $27,730
Rhode Island $29,850
South Carolina $25,150
Tennessee $20,410
Texas $27,500
Utah $28,510
Virginia $24,120
Washington $29,140
West Virginia $27,910
Wisconsin $24,910
Wyoming $22,010

What Tools & Technology do Ambulance Drivers and Attendants Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Ambulance Drivers and Attendants:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Mapping software
  • Computer aided dispatch software

How to Become an Ambulance Driver or Attendant

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