Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $21.35 per hour. Compensation ranges between $15.97 per hour and $28.12. Residence and years of experience 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 70 percent. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Respiratory Therapists. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,487 - $62,108
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,344
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$15.97 - $28.12
(Median)
$16
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,487 - $62,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
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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$33,017 - $60,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.97 - $28.12  
   
Overtime
$20.09 - $43.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
   
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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$33,017 - $60,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 714
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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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Although it's unusual, some Certified Respiratory Therapists transition into jobs as Registered Respiratory Therapists. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $50K per year, though. Becoming a Respiratory Therapist or a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist is, however, a more typical career progression for Certified Respiratory Therapists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Survey takers who work as Certified Respiratory Therapists typically report just a few professional skills. 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 4 percent and 11 percent. Most people experienced in Emergency Room also know Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Certified Respiratory Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Certified Respiratory Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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



Critical Care
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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 116 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

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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