An Entry-Level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) earns an average wage of $22.16 per hour.

$34,888 - $66,997
$35K
$48K
$67K
MEDIAN: $47,986
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$18.28 - $29.23
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,888 - $66,997  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,298  
Profit Sharing
$2,625  
Commission
$350.00  
Total Pay (?
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$37,846 - $62,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.28 - $29.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.25  
Overtime
$11.60 - $42.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$295.90 - $7,298  
   
Commission
$350.00  
Profit Sharing
$2,625  
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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$37,846 - $62,588  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 838

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,849

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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 Columbus:
"Avoid Burnout."
Pace yourself. Burnout is common in our field. Always remember why you chose this field.

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.

Key Stats for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
13%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
up arrow 3%

Emergency Room (ER)
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Acute Care
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
up arrow 1%

Critical Care
0%

Emergency/Trauma
0%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$47,000

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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