The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Respiratory Therapist with Critical Care skills in San Diego, California is $27.94.
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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 in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Home Health/Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist
A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $29.33 based on 5 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $35.80 based on 6 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $34.
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Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 14.9% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (27.2% less), Atlanta, Georgia (15.5% less) and Houston, Texas (13.8% less).
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