The average salary for a Respiratory Therapist in Calgary, Alberta is C$47,932 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

C$35,234 - C$83,327
C$35K
C$55K
C$83K
MEDIAN: C$55,000
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50%
90%
C$28.26 - C$45.62
C$28
C$35
C$46
MEDIAN: C$35.29
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50%
90%
C$0C$85K
Salary C$35,234 - C$83,327
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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C$38,400 - C$85,635
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 12
Hourly Data C$0C$45
Hourly Rate C$28.26 - C$45.62
Overtime C$30.00
Annual Data C$0C$85K
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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C$38,400 - C$85,635
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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

  • Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment
  • 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
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur
  • Maintain patient charts with therapy information

Respiratory Therapist Job Listings

Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
C$70,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 25%