An average Certified Respiratory Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $22.78 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists survey respondents are women (78 percent). Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Certified Respiratory Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,234 - $69,317
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$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,282
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$17.08 - $29.64
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MEDIAN: $22.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,234 - $69,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,554 - $63,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.08 - $29.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$18.03 - $45.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,554 - $63,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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Job Description for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Positions as a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) are commonly available in medical facilities such as hospitals and medical centers. The position has strict requirements related to licensing and credentials, which vary by state and position. Some certifications that may be required include registered respiratory therapist (RRT), certified respiratory therapist (CRT), basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiovascular life support (ALCS), and state licensing. At least one year of experience is generally required or preferred, especially in a similar setting (such as home care or pediatric care).

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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Tasks

  • Determine requirements for treatment; type, method and duration of therapy based on physicians' orders.
  • Set up and operate mechanical and therapeutic devices following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Maintain patient charts with therapy information.
  • Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment.

Common Career Paths for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


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At the upper end, Certified Respiratory Therapists who move into a Registered Nurse role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $56K per year. Becoming a Respiratory Therapist or a Registered Respiratory Therapist is a common transition from a Certified Respiratory Therapist role.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Certified Respiratory Therapists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Critical Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Emergency Room also know Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Certified Respiratory Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Certified Respiratory Therapists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

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Key Stats for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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