An average Respiratory Therapist with Critical Care skills can expect to take home roughly $25.00 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by tenure and the individual firm. The majority of Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,121 - $75,818
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MEDIAN: $52,119
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$19.56 - $33.35
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,121 - $75,818  
   
Bonus
$288.28 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
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$40,760 - $72,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $33.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.33  
Overtime
$14.42 - $47.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$288.28 - $9,967  
   
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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$40,760 - $72,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,217
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HCA, Inc., Select Specialty Hospitals, Kindred Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Banner Health are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Banner Health offers the most; Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills earn $56K on average there.

Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist

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


Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills see a median income of $49K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,836

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For Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Tucson (6 percent lower) and Tampa (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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