Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist earns an average wage of $21.08 per hour. A skill in Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU) is associated with high pay for this job.
Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salary (?
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$29,776 - $59,586
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $42,152
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Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salary (?
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$16.93 - $29.16
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,776 - $59,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
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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$34,367 - $61,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.93 - $29.16  
   
Overtime
$18.09 - $42.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
   
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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$34,367 - $61,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,182
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Milwaukee
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Tampa
up arrow 8%
Chicago
up arrow 4%
San Antonio
up arrow 4%
Atlanta
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Phoenix
0%
National Average
$45,000
Denver
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Cleveland
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Miami
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St. Louis
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Pittsburgh
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
up arrow 10%
Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
up arrow 9%
Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 5%
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 5%
Acute Care
up arrow 4%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 3%
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
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Patient Education
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Pediatrics
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%