Average Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is $25.74.
MEDIAN $25.74
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Hourly Rate
$20 - $34
$99 - $4,102
Profit Sharing
$496 - $1,210
$0 - $500
Total Pay
$41,928 - $72,159

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Job Description for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) 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
The top respondents for the job title Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) are from the companies HCA, Inc., Banner Health and Mercy Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at HCA, Inc. where the average pay is $28.76. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Select Specialty Hospitals and Kindred Healthcare, earning around $27.98 and $27.41, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $21.52. Kindred Hospital and Northside Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $25.43 and $25.86, respectively.

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
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Popular Skills for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Skills in Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care and Emergency Room (ER).

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

An entry-level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $22.15 based on 210 salaries. An early career Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.23 based on 1,132 salaries. A mid-career Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.27 based on 893 salaries. An experienced Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.72 based on 969 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
Employees with Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) in their job title in Baltimore, Maryland earn an average of 14.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (14.2% more) and Houston, Texas (10.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (1.1% less).

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