Entry-Level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Salary

An Entry-Level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) earns an average wage of $21.74 per hour.

$31,260 - $64,121
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,723
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$17.85 - $28.77
(Median)
$18
$22
$29
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,260 - $64,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,375  
Commission
$350.00  
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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$37,070 - $62,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.85 - $28.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.14  
Overtime
$12.26 - $40.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,088  
   
Commission
$350.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,375  
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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$37,070 - $62,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,129
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,075

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Norfolk:
"Find an experienced mentor."
Find yourself a great mentor, or preceptor. Learn everything you can from that person. School didn't teach me anything about really practicing respiratory out in the real world. AT ALL. It seemed like school handed me a huge stack of puzzle pieces, fared me well, wished me some luck and bounced me out the door. Many people are able to take those pieces and put that puzzle together pretty darn fast. It took me awhile... I'm not too good with puzzles!

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Reno:
"Health."
Very good walking shoes with arch support. We travel long distances in hospitals are concrete floors.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in Cincinnati:
"I wish I had know how stressful my job would be."
Ask for a job shadowing before you accept the position. Look at the patient population. Take in the family dynamic.

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Skills That Affect Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Acute Care
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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
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Critical Care
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Pediatrics
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Long Term Care
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National Average
$46,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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