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Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Salary

An average Certified Respiratory Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.28 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.93 per hour to $28.13. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Certified Respiratory Therapists survey respondents are women (71 percent). Work is enjoyable for Certified Respiratory Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,838 - $62,036
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,700
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$15.93 - $28.13
(Median)
$16
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,838 - $62,036  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
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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$33,060 - $60,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.93 - $28.13  
   
Overtime
$18.72 - $42.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
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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$33,060 - $60,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 739

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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 Respiratory Therapists, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $50K per year. However, Certified Respiratory Therapists typically graduate to Respiratory Therapists or Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)


Certified Respiratory Therapists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Intensive Care Unit, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Most people who know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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 115 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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