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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) is $21.28 per hour. A skill in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
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 (?
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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 (?
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$45,000
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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%