Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary (United States)

Certified Respiratory Therapists in the United States usually make around $21.28 per hour. Compensation starts at $15.74 per hour and can reach $28.07. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. 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. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists are women (70 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,020 - $62,448  
   
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$0.00 - $1,046  
Total Pay (?
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$32,730 - $60,904  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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$0$15$30$45
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$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  
PayScale
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 receive an increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) position may earn an additional $4,698 per year.

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

Certified Respiratory Therapists report a focused set of job 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. Those educated in Emergency Room (ER) 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.
Though Certified Respiratory Therapists can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $41K range but grow to $47K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $49K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Certified Respiratory Therapists tend to earn $51K at this point in time. Certified Respiratory Therapists with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Chicago
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National Average
$45,000
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Birmingham
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For those looking to make money, Certified Respiratory Therapists in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Certified Respiratory Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Chicago (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham.

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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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Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$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%
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