Respiratory Therapist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $23.89 per hour. A skill in Long Term Care is associated with high pay for this job.
Respiratory Therapist Salary (?
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$31,867 - $68,456
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $47,911
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Respiratory Therapist Salary (?
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$18.07 - $32.41
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,867 - $68,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
Profit Sharing
$289.92 - $3,750  
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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$37,078 - $70,024  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.07 - $32.41  
   
Overtime
$21.51 - $48.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.92 - $3,750  
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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$37,078 - $70,024  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,378
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Job Description for Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists, or RTs, work with people who are experiencing issues with breathing and, often, cardiopulmonary issues. In many cases, their patients include premature infants born without fully developed lungs, as well as children and adults who suffer from problems such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Generally, a respiratory therapist meets with a patient and examines them; after discussing the results of the exam with a physician, they then put together a plan of treatment for the patient. Often, the plan involves removing mucous from a patient’s lungs, as well as inserting a ventilation tube down the patient’s throat in order to connect it to an oxygen-delivering machine. Respiratory therapists working in emergency rooms also often provide care to heart attack, drowning, and shock victims. Respiratory therapists working in home health care often set up ventilators and other life-supporting equipment, as well as providing care takers with direction on the equipment’s use.
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Respiratory Therapist 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 Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Long Term Care
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Acute Care
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Emergency/Trauma
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Pediatrics
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Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Patient Education
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Home Health/Home Care
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National Average
$50,000

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Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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