The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $25.60.
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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 th…Read more
Popular Employer Salaries for Respiratory Therapist
The top respondents for the job title Respiratory Therapist are from the companies Lincare Inc., Kindred Hospital and Kindred Healthcare. Reported salaries are highest at HCA, Inc. where the average pay is $28.43. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Banner Health and Kindred Healthcare, earning around $25.99 and $25.98, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $20.33. Lincare Inc. and Apria Healthcare Group Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $24.57 and $24.99, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapist
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Skills in Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Room (ER) and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist
An entry-level Respiratory Therapist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $21.95 based on 1,137 salaries. An early career Respiratory Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.59 based on 2,225 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.51 based on 1,496 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.78 based on 1,279 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 22.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (19.2% more) and Chicago, Illinois (3.9% more).
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