Average Respiratory Therapist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $25.60.
MEDIAN $25.60
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Hourly Rate
$20 - $35
$102 - $6,093
Profit Sharing
$496 - $1,017
$0 - $900
Total Pay
$40,838 - $74,341

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Job Description 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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Respiratory Therapist. 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 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 Therapist

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.
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).

Years of Experience

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