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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

Earnings for Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States come in at around $21.29 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.96 per hour to $28.18. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Certified Respiratory Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Some workers in this field — nearly one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,779 - $62,108
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,700
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$15.96 - $28.18
(Median)
$16
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,779 - $62,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
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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$33,096 - $60,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.96 - $28.18  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $42.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$33,096 - $60,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 737
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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. It is more probable, however, that Certified Respiratory Therapists become Respiratory Therapists or Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Professional skills reported by Certified Respiratory Therapists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Critical Care, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Those proficient in Emergency Room are, more often than not, 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.


For Certified Respiratory Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. For Certified Respiratory Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Respiratory Therapist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.

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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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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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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 116 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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