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Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salary (United States)

An Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist earns an average wage of $21.30 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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$29,610 - $59,368
(Median)
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59K
MEDIAN: $42,183
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Entry-Level Respiratory Therapist Salary (?
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$17.11 - $29.56
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,610 - $59,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,451  
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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$34,560 - $62,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.11 - $29.56  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $43.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,451  
   
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).
)
$34,560 - $62,428  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,081
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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Diego
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Dallas
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Seattle
up arrow 11%
Chicago
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National Average
$45,000
Phoenix
up arrow 1%
Denver
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Cleveland
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San Antonio
up arrow 4%
Miami
up arrow 5%
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%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 4%
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
up arrow 4%
Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 4%
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 3%
Patient Education
up arrow 3%
Pediatrics
up arrow 1%
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%