Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $22.25 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists survey respondents are women (76 percent). Work is enjoyable for Certified Respiratory Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,374 - $68,031
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$29K
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$68K
MEDIAN: $49,266
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$16.98 - $29.32
(Median)
$17
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,374 - $68,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,006 - $62,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.98 - $29.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$21.29 - $45.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
   
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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$35,006 - $62,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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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 become Registered Nurses may see a small rise in pay. On average, Registered Nurses earn $56K per year. Certified Respiratory Therapists typically move into roles as Respiratory Therapists or Registered Respiratory Therapists, and those positions pay $2K more and $4K more, respectively.

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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, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those familiar with Emergency Room also tend to 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.


Certified Respiratory Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Respiratory Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Respiratory Therapist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $51K.

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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

Long Term Care
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Critical Care
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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National Average
$47,000

Emergency Room (ER)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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