The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) skills is $27.14.
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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
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency/Trauma, Acute Care, Emergency Room (ER), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Critical 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 $21.99 based on 88 salaries. An early career Respiratory Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.88 based on 266 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $26.80 based on 263 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $29.07 based on 223 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $32.
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Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 25.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (4.8% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (1.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (17.2% less), Tucson, Arizona (11.2% less) and San Antonio, Texas (10.8% less).
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