Respiratory Care Practitioner Salary (United States)

A Respiratory Care Practitioner earns an average wage of $27.44 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Respiratory Care Practitioner Total Pay (?
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$36,492 - $82,827
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $58,374
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Respiratory Care Practitioner Total Pay (?
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$19.47 - $38.36
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,492 - $82,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
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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$40,654 - $84,685  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.47 - $38.36  
   
Overtime
$26.72 - $59.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
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).
)
$40,654 - $84,685  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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Job Description for Respiratory Care Practitioner

Respiratory care practitioners are medical specialists who help provide respiratory care by diagnosing problems and determining the appropriate path of treatment for a number of cardiopulmonary issues. The practitioners determine the goals of treatment, the type, implementation, and duration based on doctors' orders and expectations. Respiratory care practitioners are expected to inspect, clean, and test therapy equipment to keep it in safe working order. They also update patient charts as the physiological responses to therapy are observed, and they consult with physicians if any adverse reactions are noted. They set up and operate therapeutic devices following the parameters of treatment for the patient. In addition, they will assist in the transport of patients dependent on ventilator assistance and work as part of a cardiac arrest team to respond to trauma and cardiac arrest calls.
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Respiratory Care Practitioner 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Care Practitioner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Respiratory Care Practitioner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
National Average
$60,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Care Practitioner Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 9%
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
up arrow 6%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 4%
National Average
$60,000

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Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 23%
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