$52,946
Avg. Salary
$25.53
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$980

Bonus

$936

Profit Sharing

$1,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $25.53 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $52,946 per year.

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$38k
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MEDIAN $52,946
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$0$76K
Salary $38,101 - $76,918
Bonus $155 - $6,015
Profit Sharing $936
Commission $1,500
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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$40,613 - $74,278
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 833
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $19.63 - $34.65
Hourly Tips $1.26
Overtime $21.61 - $51.52
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $155 - $6,015
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $936
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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$40,613 - $74,278
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,958

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 Pay By Employer

$0$95K

Kindred Hospital
29 profiles
$52,858

Lincare Inc.
28 profiles
$51,108

$55,011

Mercy Hospital
17 profiles
$42,275

HCA, Inc.
16 profiles
$58,312

Banner Health
15 profiles
$54,723

Baptist Health
12 profiles
$48,392

$51,978

$54,954

Dignity Health
8 profiles
$84,374

Common Career Paths for Respiratory Therapist


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Respiratory Therapists who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year. Career advancement for the typical Respiratory Therapist often leads to becoming a Respiratory Therapy Manager or a Registered Nurse; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Respiratory Therapist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Sleep Medicine, Long Term Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Emergency Room also know Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Acute Care. Those familiar with Critical Care also tend to know Acute Care and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Respiratory Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Respiratory Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,716 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Respiratory Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 841 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 724 salaries. A Respiratory Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 551 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,697

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Respiratory Therapists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Respiratory Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), Boston (+17 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+12 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (3 percent lower) and Tampa (2 percent lower).

Respiratory Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory Therapist in Jackson:
"It's a very rewarding field."
Pros: The helping and saving of lives.
Cons: The number of patients you have to see.

Respiratory Therapist in Atlanta:
"Hospital Worker."
Pros: I like the independence most about my job.
Cons: The thing that I like the least about my job is the lack of respect, low wage, and no opportunity for advancement.

Respiratory Therapist in Amarillo:
"Learn as much as you can."
Always do a good job, have good communication with drs.

Respiratory Therapist in Raleigh:
"Pediatric Respiratory Therapist."
Pros: Interacting with patients and families.
Cons: The stress, the workload, the paperwork.

Respiratory Therapist in Rutherfordton:
Respiratory Therapy is a repetitave and critical thinking job.

Respiratory Therapist in Denver:
"Working vs school."
Time management, start rounds early.

Respiratory Therapist in Louisville:
"Med to high stress level."
Pros: Takeing care of people.
Cons: Can have high work load days.

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Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 682 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$54,000

▼2%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries


Long Term Care
▲3%

Sleep Medicine
▲3%


Respiratory therapist
▲1%

▼0%



National Average
$54,000



Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼2%

▼2%


Home Health/Home Care
▼2%

Patient Education
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 682 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 19%