Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (United States)

Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $21.28 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.74 per hour on the low end to $28.07 on the higher side. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—26 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 70 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
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$30,020 - $62,448  
   
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$0.00 - $1,046  
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$32,730 - $60,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.74 - $28.07  
   
Overtime
$16.61 - $42.83  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$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 in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) may bring in slightly more money—an additional $4,698 annually.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Certified Respiratory Therapists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 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. Most people skilled in Emergency Room (ER) are similarly competent in Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

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Certified Respiratory Therapists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $41K starting out, which grows to $47K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $49K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Certified Respiratory Therapists after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $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

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$45,000
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For Certified Respiratory Therapists, working in the bustling city of Baltimore has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Respiratory Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Birmingham, which sits 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

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$45,000

Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

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Emergency Room (ER)
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$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%