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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

An average Certified Respiratory Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.21 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $15.82 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $28.05. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists survey respondents are women (70 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$30,097 - $62,584
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$15.82 - $28.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,097 - $62,584  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
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$32,877 - $60,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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Hourly Rate
$15.82 - $28.05  
   
Overtime
$18.82 - $43.01  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
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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$32,877 - $60,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 752
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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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It is unusual to find Certified Respiratory Therapists who move into roles like Registered Respiratory Therapists — which pays $50K on average — but some manage to complete the transition. More commonly, Certified Respiratory Therapists become Respiratory Therapists or Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 14 percent. Those educated in Emergency Room tend to be well versed 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Certified Respiratory Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to 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




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 109 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 26%