Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $21.35 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $15.93 per hour and $28.10. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Certified Respiratory Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. 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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$15.93 - $28.10
(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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$32,932 - $60,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.93 - $28.10  
   
Overtime
$19.95 - $43.50  
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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$32,932 - $60,631  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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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. However, becoming a Respiratory Therapist or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist is a more frequent transition for Certified Respiratory Therapists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Survey results suggest that Certified Respiratory Therapists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Emergency Room are also skilled 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 Certified Respiratory Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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 114 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
25%
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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