Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

The average Certified Respiratory Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.51 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $16.30 per hour, and the top verges on $28.15. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Certified Respiratory Therapists is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Certified Respiratory Therapists making up 73 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,369 - $63,101
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,017
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$16.30 - $28.15
(Median)
$16
$22
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,369 - $63,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$33,546 - $60,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $28.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.76  
Overtime
$19.64 - $41.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$33,546 - $60,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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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

  • Maintain patient charts with therapy information.
  • Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


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Certified Respiratory Therapists who advance into the role of a Respiratory Care Practitioner are fairly uncommon. Respiratory Care Practitioners on average earn $55K per year. Certified Respiratory Therapists typically move into roles as Respiratory Therapists or Registered Respiratory Therapists, and those positions pay $3K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Survey results show that Certified Respiratory Therapists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Intensive Care Unit, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Most people skilled in Emergency Room are similarly competent in Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

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


Certified Respiratory Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Certified Respiratory Therapists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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