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Respiratory Therapist Salary

Respiratory Therapist Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.70 $22.85 $26.86 $31.90 $36.26
Annual Wage $41,000 $47,500 $55,900 $66,400 $75,400

How much does a respiratory therapist make? A respiratory therapist treats patients with breathing issues due to various medical conditions. Respiratory therapists see patients of all different ages and utilize a variety of techniques to treat them including chest physiotherapy, medications, and ventilators. They also diagnose issues in patients by testing lung capacity, performing other diagnostic tests, and examining patients. Becoming a respiratory therapist requires at least an associate's degree in the subject, but a bachelor's degree from a college or university is often preferred.

Salary

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for respiratory therapists was $55,870 in 2012. Those respiratory therapists earning in lowest 10 percent made $40,980 or less. The top 10 percent in the field earned $75,430 or more.

Factors Impacting Salary

Those respiratory therapists employed in colleges and universities often earn the highest salaries in the business. Those working in physicians' office can expect to earn a lower salary. Additionally, the longer one has been working in the field, the more money he or she can expect to make. Earning professional certifications in various areas of respiratory therapy can also increase earnings.

Geographical Location and Salary

In some states, respiratory therapists have higher earnings than in other locations in the United States. In California, Nevada, and Connecticut, therapists earn the most money. The states where respiratory therapists earn the least amount of money are: North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, and Alabama.

Work Environment and Schedule

The majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals. Therefore, the schedule of a therapist in a hospital might consist of evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts. Other respiratory therapists who work in nursing homes often work a varied schedule as well, and those respiratory therapists who visit patients in their homes to give them treatment usually have a schedule based on the needs of their patients.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for respiratory therapists is good. From 2012-2022, the field is expected to expand by 19 percent. This increase is a faster rate of growth than most careers will experience. The reason for the increase in employment is due to the growth of the older population in the United States. As people get older, many will develop lung problems from respiratory conditions, and this will create a need for more respiratory therapists. Therapists who will be willing to relocate to less populated areas will have increased opportunities in the field.

Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.27 $33.59 $69,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 700 0.02 $31.99 $66,530
Employment Services 2,350 0.07 $31.18 $64,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 <.005 $31.16 $64,820
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 250 0.04 $29.51 $61,380

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $34,400 $40,100 $45,100 $52,100 $58,900 1,630 2,050 +25%
Alaska $54,700 $62,900 $68,300 $73,800 $77,400 170 220 +33%
Arizona $40,900 $45,400 $52,300 $58,600 $66,600 2,540 3,380 +33%
Arkansas $34,600 $40,600 $46,800 $55,100 $60,900 990 1,090 +11%
California $53,600 $62,800 $72,400 $85,300 $95,100 14,200 17,900 +26%
Colorado $43,700 $50,000 $56,100 $63,500 $72,300 1,640 2,310 +41%
Connecticut $51,600 $58,800 $67,500 $75,300 $87,800 1,360 1,680 +23%
Delaware $48,400 $54,500 $63,700 $71,400 $76,200 400 510 +29%
District of Columbia $44,200 $46,800 $56,400 $67,900 $74,300 330 390 +17%
Florida $41,000 $46,000 $52,900 $59,300 $68,900 7,070 8,730 +24%
Georgia $39,800 $44,300 $51,300 $58,300 $66,500 3,440 4,560 +33%
Hawaii $52,100 $62,600 $67,800 $73,000 $76,300 320 400 +27%
Idaho $41,200 $46,400 $53,500 $60,200 $69,600 420 630 +50%
Illinois $40,100 $46,300 $53,500 $60,000 $69,300 4,110 4,760 +16%
Iowa $38,800 $42,200 $47,500 $55,300 $60,300 920 1,140 +25%
Kansas $39,200 $43,400 $50,100 $56,900 $61,700 1,310 1,640 +26%
Kentucky $33,900 $39,300 $44,500 $51,400 $58,600 2,320 2,950 +27%
Louisiana $39,200 $44,000 $51,200 $58,300 $66,500 2,010 2,510 +25%
Maine $42,300 $47,800 $53,900 $59,600 $68,000 500 710 +41%
Maryland $48,100 $54,200 $62,800 $70,400 $75,000 1,950 2,590 +33%
Massachusetts $50,300 $56,600 $66,100 $74,400 $86,500 2,170 2,840 +31%
Michigan $41,000 $46,700 $52,900 $58,400 $63,800 3,610 4,420 +23%
Minnesota $48,600 $54,100 $62,500 $70,200 $74,800 1,560 1,940 +25%
Mississippi $35,600 $41,200 $47,500 $55,500 $60,800 1,550 1,820 +17%
Missouri $37,600 $42,700 $49,500 $56,800 $62,100 2,970 3,570 +20%
Montana $40,400 $44,700 $51,100 $57,300 $62,800 370 540 +47%
Nebraska $40,400 $44,100 $50,500 $57,800 $65,000 970 1,110 +14%
Nevada $50,900 $59,800 $69,500 $80,500 $91,100 780 970 +25%
New Hampshire $46,900 $53,100 $61,900 $70,400 $75,500 530 660 +23%
New Jersey $53,900 $62,000 $68,100 $74,100 $83,100 2,570 2,890 +12%
New Mexico $39,200 $45,700 $53,500 $59,700 $68,700 390 500 +29%
New York $47,800 $56,700 $66,000 $73,200 $81,500 5,930 6,830 +15%
North Carolina $40,900 $45,100 $51,900 $58,400 $65,700 3,270 3,950 +21%
North Dakota $39,600 $42,200 $46,500 $53,300 $59,200 210 280 +32%
Ohio $40,900 $46,000 $52,500 $58,200 $63,900 5,800 7,150 +23%
Oklahoma $38,600 $42,400 $48,300 $57,000 $64,600 1,220 1,670 +37%
Oregon $49,000 $53,500 $61,000 $69,100 $74,000 1,100 1,370 0%
Pennsylvania $41,700 $48,700 $56,100 $64,700 $72,100 5,020 6,030 +20%
Rhode Island $43,300 $50,300 $62,700 $70,200 $74,600 430 520 +20%
South Carolina $39,400 $44,600 $52,500 $60,000 $70,500 1,790 2,260 +26%
South Dakota $35,700 $41,600 $48,800 $56,600 $61,700 - - -
Tennessee $36,000 $41,000 $47,000 $54,900 $59,900 2,850 3,490 +23%
Texas $41,400 $47,800 $54,100 $60,200 $69,800 10,300 14,050 +36%
Utah $41,500 $46,800 $55,500 $65,300 $73,100 840 1,140 +35%
Vermont $42,900 $49,300 $57,000 $66,800 $73,900 190 220 +21%
Virginia $40,400 $46,600 $56,200 $66,200 $73,100 2,340 2,860 +22%
Washington $50,000 $55,000 $63,600 $71,900 $77,900 1,790 2,210 +24%
West Virginia $34,100 $39,400 $45,600 $54,200 $60,700 880 1,120 +28%
Wisconsin $42,600 $48,500 $55,900 $64,600 $72,300 1,870 2,420 +29%
Wyoming $41,600 $48,400 $54,000 $59,600 $67,900 280 370 +30%


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