Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States take home approximately $22.52 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (81 percent) of Certified Respiratory Therapists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,236 - $68,291
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MEDIAN: $51,769
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$17.07 - $29.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,236 - $68,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$35,866 - $63,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.07 - $29.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$15.89 - $48.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$35,866 - $63,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 377

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Certified Respiratory Therapists move into roles as Registered Nurses, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $56K per year. It is quite typical for Certified Respiratory Therapists to transition into roles as Respiratory Therapists or Registered Respiratory Therapists, where reported median earnings are $1K and $3K higher per year.

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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 Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, Critical Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Emergency Room are, more often than not, also skilled in Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 127 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 79 salaries. An experienced Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 121 salaries. A Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 118 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,863

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Certified Respiratory Therapists that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Baltimore offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Respiratory Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), St. Louis (+9 percent), and Memphis (+5 percent). In Birmingham, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Pensacola and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$48,000

▼3%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salaries

Long Term Care
▲6%

Home Health/Home Care
▲2%




Pediatrics
▼0%

National Average
$48,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 31%
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