Average Respiratory Therapist Hourly Pay

$26.61
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$748
Bonus
$7,750
Commission
$961
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The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $26.61.
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$20.29
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$26.61
90%
$35.72
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Hourly Rate
$20 - $36
Bonus
$99 - $5,719
Profit Sharing
$204 - $2,517
Commission
$0 - $7,750
Total Pay
$42,143 - $75,985
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What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

Job Satisfaction for Respiratory Therapist

4.1 out of 5
(668)
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35Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Respiratory Therapist are from the companies Kindred Hospital, Lincare Inc. and HCA, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Dignity Health where the average pay is $37.33. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Kindred Healthcare and HCA, Inc., earning around $28.60 and $27.40, respectively. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $20.48. Lincare Inc. and Banner Health also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $25.11 and $25.99, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapists?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapists?

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 $22.97 based on 300 salaries. An early career Respiratory Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.31 based on 1,451 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.50 based on 1,121 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $28.44 based on 1,069 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $31.
Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 18.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (17.4% more) and Chicago, Illinois (5.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (1.3% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 4,975 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.0%
Early Career
29.2%
Mid Career
22.5%
Experienced
21.5%
Late Career
20.8%