Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

Median pay for Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States is around $21.24 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.80 per hour on the low end to $28.17 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists survey respondents are women (70 percent). While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,898 - $62,501
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$63K
MEDIAN: $44,816
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$15.80 - $28.17
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,898 - $62,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
Total Pay (?
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$32,808 - $60,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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Hourly Rate
$15.80 - $28.17  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $43.04  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
   
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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$32,808 - $60,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 753

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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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Although some Certified Respiratory Therapists become Registered Respiratory Therapist, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $50K. However, it's more common for Certified Respiratory Therapists to move into roles as Respiratory Therapists or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)s.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Certified Respiratory Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 5 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Emergency Room are also skilled 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Certified Respiratory Therapists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $51K.

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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries




Critical Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 25%