Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

For Certified Respiratory Therapists, hourly average wages total $21.51 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $16.30 per hour and $28.15. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Certified Respiratory Therapists making up 73 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Respiratory Therapists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,369 - $63,101
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,017
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$16.30 - $28.15
(Median)
$16
$22
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,369 - $63,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$33,546 - $60,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.30 - $28.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.76  
Overtime
$19.64 - $41.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$33,546 - $60,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 638
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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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Though some Certified Respiratory Therapists move into positions like Respiratory Care Practitioner (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. Certified Respiratory Therapists most often move into positions as Respiratory Therapists or Registered Respiratory Therapists; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Certified Respiratory Therapists usually report a few specific skills. 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 4 percent and 12 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Respiratory Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably 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, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Respiratory Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.

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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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