How much would you pay someone to save your life in a time of need? It's a good question without a real answer.  If you needed a paramedic, I suppose all the money in the world wouldn't be enough to compensate that person for what they did. Well, every day in America paramedics are saving lives and doing so at a ridiculously low wage.

I was checking out some statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently and came across some amazing wage numbers for paramedics in the United States. The average annual wages for these professionals range from a high of $52,930 in Washington D.C. to an incredibly low $25,900 in Kansas.

In case you are wondering, Illinois pays paramedics an annual average wage of $48,350, Missouri $33,390 and Iowa $33,270. I don't know how you feel about these numbers, but I think they are extremely low for what they are asked to do.