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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (United States)

Pay for Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $21.28 per hour. Pay generally varies between $15.74 per hour and $28.07. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair portion do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Men working as Certified Respiratory Therapists are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 70 percent of workers. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (?
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$30,020 - $62,448
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MEDIAN: $44,492
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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$15.74 - $28.07
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,020 - $62,448  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,046  
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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$32,730 - $60,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.74 - $28.07  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $42.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,046  
   
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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$32,730 - $60,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 724
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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 may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Registered Respiratory Therapist. Registered Respiratory Therapists tend to make $50K annually.

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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 , Intensive Care Unit , Pediatrics, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. As Certified Respiratory Therapists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $51K. Certified Respiratory Therapists with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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Chicago
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National Average
$45,000
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Baltimore is home to an above-average pay rate for Certified Respiratory Therapists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Certified Respiratory Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham.

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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

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 26%