Average Respiratory Care Practitioner Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Care Practitioner is $28.15.
MEDIAN $28.15
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Hourly Rate
$21 - $44
$0 - $4,966
Profit Sharing
$0 - $245
Total Pay
$42,909 - $95,634

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Job Description for Respiratory Care Practitioner

Respiratory Care Practitioner 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

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Respiratory Care Practitioner. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Respiratory Therapist
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Respiratory Care Practitioner

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

Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Care Practitioner

An entry-level Respiratory Care Practitioner with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $25.09 based on 14 salaries. An early career Respiratory Care Practitioner with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.35 based on 76 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Care Practitioner with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.54 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Care Practitioner with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $30.58 based on 47 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $31.
Employees with Respiratory Care Practitioner in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 59.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sacramento, California (56.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (35.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Durham, North Carolina (19.6% less), Houston, Texas (4.1% less) and Washington, District of Columbia (3.7% less).

Years of Experience

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