A Respiratory Care Practitioner earns an average wage of $26.84 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Respiratory Care Practitioner Total Pay (?
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$37,095 - $81,900
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MEDIAN: $57,953
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Respiratory Care Practitioner Total Pay (?
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$17.87 - $37.63
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,095 - $81,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,370  
Total Pay (?
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$37,676 - $83,686  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.87 - $37.63  
   
Overtime
$24.41 - $59.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,370  
   
Total Pay (?
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$37,676 - $83,686  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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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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Experience Affects Respiratory Care Practitioner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%
Experienced
up arrow 5%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$58,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Care Practitioner Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 12%
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
up arrow 10%
Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 9%
National Average
$58,000
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Gender
Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%
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