Respiratory Therapist with Critical Care Skills Salary
Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills take home an average $25.12 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills include HCA, Inc., Mercy Hospital, Select Specialty Hospitals, Kindred Hospital, and WellStar Health System. Banner Health leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $56K. HCA, Inc., University of Michigan (U-M), and WellStar Health System are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills earning around $56K, $54K, or $51K at each firm, respectively.
Kindred Hospital, Select Specialty Hospitals, and WellStar Health System also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $50K, $50K, and $51K-paychecks on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $49K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $52K. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $64K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Richmond (+6 percent), and Milwaukee (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Tucson and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.
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