Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

For Certified Respiratory Therapists, hourly average wages total $21.39 per hour. Compensation ranges from $15.97 per hour on the lower end to $28.04 on the higher end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Certified Respiratory Therapists making up 71 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,242 - $61,440

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$15.97 - $28.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,242 - $61,440  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
Total Pay (?
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$32,915 - $60,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $28.04  
   
Overtime
$19.86 - $43.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$32,915 - $60,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 700
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Certified Respiratory Therapists who move on to become Registered Respiratory Therapists, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $50K. More commonly, Certified Respiratory Therapists become Respiratory Therapists or Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Certified Respiratory Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Critical Care, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 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.


For many Certified Respiratory Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median 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 $51K.

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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)
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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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