Entry-Level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Salary

An Entry-Level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) earns an average wage of $22.23 per hour.

$33,633 - $64,469
$34K
$48K
$64K
MEDIAN: $48,166
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$18.35 - $29.11
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MEDIAN: $22.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,633 - $64,469  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $6,638  
Profit Sharing
$2,625  
Commission
$350.00  
Total Pay (?
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$37,943 - $62,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.35 - $29.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.25  
Overtime
$11.52 - $42.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$195.74 - $6,638  
   
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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$37,943 - $62,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 803

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,102

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Advice

Q: 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.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in New Hyde Park:
There isnt much room for growth other then to management. Though with management you lose the patient care aspect.

Key Stats for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
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

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
▲7%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲5%

Pediatrics
▲3%

Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
▲3%

Home Health/Home Care
▲2%


▲1%

Critical Care
▼0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼0%

Emergency/Trauma
▼0%

National Average
$47,000

Long Term Care
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 20%